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Friday, November 1, 2019

The Real Experts On Prison Life

     Most books about prison are written by academic criminologists who know little about prisons because they have no firsthand experience and simply parrot outdated correctional theories and so-called empirical evidence they learned from other sheltered scholars. Most of these university "experts" have spent precious little time inside of penitentiaries or talking with convicts. If they were left unescorted in a penitentiary cellblock for ten minutes, they would probably have a heart attack.

     If you want to know how the criminal justice and penal machinery functions, then ask a convict.

Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards, Behind Bars: Surviving Prison, 2002

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