Prison City: Life with the Death Penalty in Huntsville, Texas
"Prison City" looks beneath the placid surface of Huntsville, Texas, execution capital of the world, and sheds light on controversial issues usually hidden behind penitentiary walls. The authors draw on a multitude of voices from the community surrounding the prison - from inmates and guards to neighboring residents and local politicians - to reflect on questions of crime and punishment, vengeance, and forgiveness. We see how the sophisticated communication techniques employed by inmates, information officers, and community leaders shape opinions in the small towns where prisons are a principal industry. The poignant, evocative stories that run throughout the book highlight the incarcerated population's increasing influence in the political, cultural, and economic landscape in the United States. Most of all, "Prison City" offers opportunities to understand why the Texas justice system has become a global metaphor for incarceration and capital punishment.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
From the Outside Looking In Cultural Perspectives
Sam Houstons rocking chair Sam Houston Memorial Museum photo
Caught in the Middle The Role of PR in Shaping
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Voices and Images from Prison City Texas
Armed guard in the Walls watchtower in 2004
Hallway shakedown for contraband TDCJ Media Services photo
Wynn unit sign The Windham School District photo
Other editions - View all
a.m. Inmate Ardyth Sohn attorney Available Brazzil capital punishment cell convicted Court crime criminal justice criminal justice system death penalty death row death row inmates Debbi Hatton Department of Criminal drug employees execution Fitzgerald interview Gary Graham going Graczyk graduate Graham Groundhog Day guards Hilla Houston Chronicle Houston State University Huntsville Item Ibid incarcerated inside interview by Ardyth interview by Ruth interview by Tina Jim Marcus Kiser Larry Fitzgerald last meal live Longmire Lyons interview Lyons says March March 21 Marcus Mayes Melody Davison murder newspaper offenders parole pen pals percent person PIOs Prew prison officials prison system programs public information officers reporters Rick Perry Ruth Massingill Sam Houston sentence SHSU stories tattoo TDCJ public information tell Texans Texas Department Texas prison Tina Baiter town leaders U.S. Supreme Court victims Viesca visitors Walls warden Windham School District witness women