Life In Prison

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Chronicle Books, Feb 1, 2001 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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Stanley "Tookie" Williams, cofounder of the notorious Crips gang is a death-row inmate. But in his two decades of incarceration. Williams has also become a respected author and activist who: dedication to ending gang warfare in the lives of inner-city children has earned him a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

In this award-winning book -- which has drawn praise from educators, government leaders, and families alike -- Williams describes the brutal reality of being an inmate. He debunks myths of prisons as "gladiator schools" with blunt, riveting stories of overwhelming homesickness, the terror of solitary confinement, and the humiliation of strip-searches. Williams' word are a frank challenge to adolescent readers to educate themselves, make intelligent decisions, and above all, not to follow his footsteps.

 

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I have not read the book but I bought it for my middle school English Language Arts classroom. We have one copy in our media center and it is always checked out. Many students have praised it highly as a motivation to want to stay out of gangs and prison. Read full review

Contents

preface
7
foreword
9
beware the gladiator schools
13
cages
19
a day in prison
25
3 stircrazy
31
the strip search
40
5 rules
44
the hole 51
45
7 home cooking
59
health care
63
9 violence in prison
69
homesickness
77
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Stanley Tookie Williams, activist and author, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times and the Nobel Prize in literature four times. He is the only man in history to be nominated while imprisoned. He was executed in 2005.

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