Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the jails and then back out-to the communities where her students were born and raised. She chronicles their journeys as they struggle to "go straight" and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them. Review: Rikers Island penal colony is a world unto itself, with its own power plant, schools, hospital, even a tailor. But the 16, people forced to live there, unlike free worlders, are "usually known by their single worst deed.
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I read into the title more than the blurb as I selected it. More stories of inmates difficulties with recidivism than with the day to day struggles of being on the inside. The stories from the guards are more about how the system is faulted to them as well rather than war stories of the jail. Not what I expected. With that being said I stuck it out for the pages, and enjoyed reading up on the plights of inmates.
It made me think of all the problems with the recidivism rates in the penal system and possibilities that could be explored. With that in mind, this book was published a while ago and I would think that some these problems have been delt with or added to , but I always enjoy reading of past problems and seeing how far we have come.
Life is full of surprises. Why do we not have as much focus on mental rehab facilities when it is generally know that the majority of offenders suffer from some form of mental or drug problems? Why in the world is Rikers supporting the KEEP program which is really just making prisoners even more dependant on heroin?
Wynn is a woman who sees the good in the hearts of some hard-core criminals. At the same time, she is a clear-eyed realist on how hard it is to leave the criminal lifestyle outlining all the obstacles that our society has placed in the way of the newly released inmate, and also the seductions of the criminal lifestyle itself.
At the same time, she is a clear-eyed realist on how hard it is to leave the criminal lifestyle — outlining all the obstacles that our society has placed in the way of the newly released inmate, and also the seductions of the criminal lifestyle itself. For a man without power, power itself, in any of its forms, is a terribly entrancing addiction. One reads with joy about the men who succeed and despair at those who fail — despite given a last, best chance.
The stories of the inmates alone would have been a much better book than the herky-jerky style with statistics etc thrown in. It was never able to get into a "flow" the makes reading a pleasure. Aug 10, Jamie Rose rated it liked it Good but ultimately depressing. Its about prison!
Real Scary Lock-you Up American prisons, where it seems there are not really any happy endings
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Inside Rikers: Stories from the World's Largest Penal Colony
Inside Rikers : stories from the world's largest penal colony