Decades Behind Bars: A 20-Year Conversation with Men in

Decades Behind Bars: A 20-Year Conversation with Men in America's Prisons [EPUB] ✺ Decades Behind Bars: A 20-Year Conversation with Men in America's Prisons ✽ Gaye D. Holman – Thomashillier.co.uk More than two million people are incarcerated in America s prisons one in nine is serving a life sentence Mass long term imprisonment devours state budgets, adversely affects community well being and Bars: A ePUB ¹ More than two million people are incarcerated in America s prisons one in nine is serving a life sentence Mass long term imprisonment devours state budgets, adversely affects community well being and skews our collective moral compass This study examines the human costs of keeping the convicted out of sight, out of mind Beginning in , the author began recording the personal stories ofincarcerated felonsof them were still in prisonyears later The men candidly discuss what it means to commit a serious crime and Decades Behind ePUB ½ to be confined for perhaps the remainder of their lives Their stories are balanced by conversations with correctional officers, prison administrators, chaplains and parole board members The author identifies circumstances that ruin some prisoners and save others and presents insights for possible improvements in the criminal justice system.


10 thoughts on “Decades Behind Bars: A 20-Year Conversation with Men in America's Prisons

  1. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    DNF d after three chapters It s not a bad book, it s just an insubstantial, not very interesting one, and put me off with the questions at the end of each chapter I m not a student and I don t need to have my thinking directed by an author Perhaps she was using it to direct me to her most important points I like prison books, I m still trying to think what to write about


  2. Cindy Moore Cindy Moore says:

    Good Book with Lots Information I found this book very interesting, a Good Read I found out lots of info about the prison system not just in Kentucky but all over the United States The prisoners stories were unique, I found myself having feelings for a lot of them especially the men who committed their crimes when they were young and naive Then hearing how they were coping twenty years later It was a good book, I do recommend it.


  3. Susan Susan says:

    Although with a title like Decades Behind Bars, you would expect to read a depressing book I was surprised to find it very interesting and engaging, and it gave me such a different perspective on our prisons and the men there for decades The author Gaye Holman tells the reader at the beginning that she taught at the college level in the prison system, but tries to present many different sides to the men who are there The book is a realistic portrayal of the men in prison She doesn t minimi Although with a title like Decades Behind Bars, you would expect to read a depressing book I was surprised to find it very interesting and engaging, and it gave me such a different perspective on our prisons and the men there for decades The author Gaye Holman tells the reader at the beginning that she taught at the college level in the prison system, but tries to present many different sides to the men who are there The book is a realistic portrayal of the men in prison She doesn t minimize the magnitude of some of their crimes, and yet manages to make the reader think about the person, his background, and the prison system The narrative is very informative about all aspects of the prisoners lives from entry into prison and daily life there, to family, parole, religion, andAlthough you might think the subject is slanted for solely an academic purpose, the author has a very readable writing style that keeps the ordinary reader fascinated by her insights It is apparent that the author has a passion for her subject and often uses the direct words of the prisoners themselves from her 20 years of interviews with the men Ms.Holman places thoughtful discussion style questions at the end of each chapter that challenge the reader to rethink perceptions about these men in prison who may one day re enter society.This would be an excellent book for anyone who wants to widen their thoughts and perspectives on our justice system, and for book discussions in the classroom and community What are the results of decades behind bars


  4. Matt Matt says:

    This is a great find A uniquely personal and thought provoking look at long term incarceration and the goals of the criminal justice system Recommended as a quick read or, better yet, a book club discussion selection.


  5. Kayo Kayo says:

    While it was interesting, it got very monotonous after a bit You can tell author was very knowledgable about the subject, it just was a bit much I received this book for free, although it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.Thank you to author, McFarland Publishing, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read.


  6. Paige Hunt Paige Hunt says:

    Thought provoking and emotional Touching on huge problems in our nation from child abuse, to drug use, to mental health and especially hits on the need for justice reform especially for juveniles.


  7. Jane Jane says:

    Excellent insiders view of the prison system A totally different take on all the TV versions.


  8. Deb Deb says:

    I met the author at the book club meeting She was fascinating and supplied eveninformation since the publishing of the book.


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