Behind a Convict's Eyes: Doing Time in a Modern Prison

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004 - Law - 216 pages
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This unique text provides accurate descriptions of prisons and prison life, written by a prisoner sentenced to life, who uses the pseudonym "K. C. Carceral" to hide his identity for protection. With the assistance of editors Thomas Bernard, Leanne F. Alarid, Bruce Bikle, and Alene Bikle, this book presents a gripping, and often graphic, portrayal of life in prison. This narrative presentation of such topics as prison violence, friendships, sexual mores, and serving time includes graphic language and situations. Through the powerful personal experiences of the author, readers are better equipped to develop informed opinions about the American prison system.

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K. C. Carceral is an inmate in prison serving a life sentence.

Thomas J. Bernard is professor of Crime, Law and Justice at Pennsylvania State University. His work has focused primarily on criminology and criminal justice theory and on juvenile justice.

Leanne Fiftal Alarid is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-El Paso. She double majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado where she earned a B.A. in 1989. She worked in Denver as a counselor in a girls group home and as a case manager at an adult halfway house before returning to school to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 1996-2006, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006-2013. Her research areas are post-conviction offender behavior, issues of mentally ill offenders, and correctional policy. She has also partnered with a number of criminal justice agencies as a researcher, consultant, and program evaluator. Alarid has authored more than forty journal articles and book chapters. She has co-authored/co-edited six books and received the Fellow Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to criminal justice education and service.

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