Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

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Macmillan, Jun 26, 2007 - Social Science - 336 pages
22 Reviews
Before Orange is the New Black, there was Inside.
American jails and prisons confine nearly 13.5 million people each year. Despite these disturbing numbers, little is known about life inside beyond the mythology of popular culture.

Michael G. Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confinement, documents the lives of the men warehoused in the American prison system. Inside: Life Behind Bars in America, his first book for the general public, takes us behind those bars and into the chaos of the cellblock.

Capturing the voices of his fellow prisoners with perfect pitch, Santos makes the tragic—and at times inspiring—stories of men from the toughest gang leaders to the richest Wall Street criminals come alive. From drug schemes, murders for hire, and even a prostitution ring that trades on the flesh of female prison guards, this book contains the never-before-seen details of prison life that at last illuminate the varied ways in which men experience life behind bars in America.
  

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Review: Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

User Review  - Shamieka Kiel - Goodreads

This book helped open my eyes more to prison culture. The lengths people take to survive and the ways a person can make great opportunities for themselves with little resources; it's amazing ... Read full review

Review: Inside: Life Behind Bars in America

User Review  - Esra'a - Goodreads

An informative read to know more about life behind bars from an “inside” perspective. Santo's message is built toward prisoners' rights, yet i could not feel for them in most of his stories. Most of ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
10
Section 3
20
Section 4
30
Section 5
50
Section 6
61
Section 7
74
Section 8
86
Section 13
177
Section 14
185
Section 15
196
Section 16
208
Section 17
219
Section 18
232
Section 19
245
Section 20
260

Section 9
102
Section 10
122
Section 11
139
Section 12
156
Section 21
279
Section 22
287
Section 23
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About the author (2007)

Michael G. Santos was convicted in 1987, at the age of twenty-three, of crimes relating to his participation in a drug-trafficking scheme and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. He has earned a bachelor of arts and a master of arts. He contributes to an extensive website as a resource for those who seek to understand the prison system and the people it holds. He is currently designated to the Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc, California, and based on his impeccable disciplinary record, looks forward to his release in 2013.

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