Miracle at Sing Sing: How One Man Transformed the Lives of America's Most Dangerous Prisoners

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St. Martin's Press, May 15, 2005 - Social Science - 320 pages
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In 1919, Lewis E. Lawes moved his wife and young daughters into the warden's mansion at Sing Sing prison. They shared a yard with 1,096 of the toughest inmates in the world-murderers, rapists, and thieves who Lawes alone believed capable of redemption. Adamantly opposed to the death penalty, Lawes presided over 300 executions. His progressive ideas shocked many, but he taught the nation that a prison was a community. He allowed a kidnapper to care for his children and a cutthroat to shave him every morning. He organized legendary football games for his "boys," and befriended Hollywood greats such as Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart. This is "A story almost too good to be true, but too true to miss." -Mario Cuomo


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Lewis E. Lawes became the warden at New York State's notorious Sing Sing prison in 1919 at the age of 36, with a background of experience at the Clinton, Auburn, and Elmira correctional facilities and ... Read full review


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Ralph Blumenthal is a longtime investigative reporter at the New York Times, who now heads the Houston Bureau covering Texas and the southwest. He is also the author of Stork Club. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Miracle at Sing Sing. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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