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Behind Bars: Surviving Prison
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2002
My passion, life lived, is criminology. I teach criminology at Iowa State University. Yes, "life lived" means real life experience.
This book describes the nuts and bolts of "Life Behind Bars." REALITY! "Life Behind Bars" is a platform for critical thought. I have conducted a pretest with students to ascertain student body reaction. Based upon this exploration, it is my intention to include "Behind Bars" as part of next semester's readings. An aspect of this work I really appreciate is how well it accurately conveys real life aspects of the criminal justice system, jail, prison, and reitegration. My pretest student reading group describes this work as "an informative, enjoyable, quick read, which really conveys a bunch of information." Also, given the soaring cost of texts per semester, this work is friendly to the student budget. All in all, an excellent addition to the body literature.
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on July 7, 2014
Good book had informative stuff to ones knowledge
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on June 4, 2015
More helpful than my lawyer!
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on August 10, 2015
Interesting book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
This book draws on a wealth of sources and experience, but the authors make the mistake of averaging out experiences and then not including case studies. The result is that each chapter gives broad rules of thumb and guidelines, but the overall effect is sadly homogenized. If you're looking for a first-timer's guide to doing time, this is less helpful than first-person accounts like Fish, by T.J. Parsell; Newjack, by Ted Conover, or Jack Abbott's Belly of the Beast.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2007
There is some good advice in this book, but it is really only for men who face incarceration. There is a scant chapter devoted to women, which in my experience offers little useful info.

Of course, if one is facing incarceration, any good advice is very slightly comforting.
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on July 25, 2014
perfect
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on July 5, 2015
Great
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2008
My daughter was the victim of a stalker, who will soon be facing years in prison. Unlike a lot of the people who read this book, I purchased it because I wanted to read what a terrible place prison is so that I can feel that he is truly being punished. While this book did answer many questions that we had about the arrest procedure, bail, etc. I would have liked more in-depth information about day to day prison life. The book just gives a brief summary about most topics, and doesn't go into detail at all.
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on February 20, 2015
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