Synopses & Reviews
-- According to the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons, the prison population in American has jumped from 330,000 in 1980 to 1,300,000 -- an increase of 280%. The overall prison population in the U.S. is more than 2,000,000.
-- Approximately 2,000 men and women enter either a state, local, or federal prison each week in the United States, most for the first time.
-- There is virtually no competition for this title.
With the numbers of prisoners at the local, state, and federal levels at an all-time high, staying alive in prison -- all of which are crowded far beyond their normal capacity, creating a very unpleasant environment at best -- is harder than at any time in American history. Behind Bars: Surviving Prison will show you the best ways to avoid being beaten, sexually abused, and most importantly, getting killed. Other survival tips include how to land a favorable work assignment, the best ways to bribe prison guards, how to work the parole system, and a glossary of prison slang to make the transition easier.
A judge hands down a stretch in a local, state, or federal prison. It's time for some serious life lessons. With the crime rates soaring in the United States and the prison population growing faster than at any time in American history, staying alive and well -- both mentally and physically -- is tougher than ever.
Table of Contents
Behind Bars Introduction
Part 1: You're Under Arrest
2. Four Fatal Legal Mistakes(and How to Avoid Them)
Part 2: You've Got Jail!
3. Big Houses, Dog Pens, and Gladiator Schools: The U.S. Prison System
4. Hack's, Cops, and Cons: Who's Who in Prison
Part 3: Doing Time
5. Jugged: Welcome to Prison
6. Don't Drop the Soap: Sex in the Slammer
7. My Baloney Has a First Name: Food in Prison
8. License Plates and GEDs: Work and School in Prison
9. Blood In, Blood Out: Prison Gangs and Violence
10. Brother, Can You Spare Some Time: A Day in the Life of Joe Convict
11. We Ain't No Debutantes: Women Behind Bars
Part 4: Beyond The Walls
12. Happy Days Are Here Again: Getting Out
13. Revolving Doors: Fixing the Incarceration Machine
A. Slammer Slang: A Glossary
B. We Understand, Son: Prison Reform Advocacy Groups