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another great important book from JM,
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This review is from: Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business (Hardcover)
to think how much worse things are now in prisons, one can only assume. not a great deal is made of sexual abuse and certainly not of the overcrowding - the scandal of .... the percentage of which sorts of people occupy prisons in our day and age... which is far more upsetting even than what the great and glorious Ms. Mitford had to write about... You know I must say I don't think I finished every bit of this book cause it's so bleak and upsetting. Theories as to why it just might be as Shaw and others believed that prisons ought really simply to be abolished...are quite provocative. Then again the other scandal we're aware of today is of how maniac sadistic sexual offenders are released and released again upon if not a vulnerable community, certainly upon unlucky individuals in our society while this absurdly expensive 3 strikes nonsense persists... But all I speak of says little of the books revelations for the contemporary reader:
LAB RATS, VICTIMS OF HEINOUS NAZI LEVEL TREATMENT, etc. This is a book that ought to be checked out, to the best extent any sane person is able to take it, by every citizen of this mad, unfortunate nation as it enters a new era in which we are all vulnerable to indefinite incarceration without due process. If today's excesses are ghastly and unthinkable, they only add to a legacy of history that is even more unimaginable in "the land of the free". God help us all.