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Inside Life Behind Bars in America American jails and prisons confine nearly million people each year and it is estimated that to percent of the U S population will be confined in their lifetimes Despite these disturbing numb

  • Title: Inside: Life Behind Bars in America
  • Author: Michael G. Santos
  • ISBN: 9780312343491
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Inside: Life Behind Bars in America By Michael G. Santos, American jails and prisons confine nearly 13.5 million people each year, and it is estimated that 6 to 7 percent of the U.S population will be confined in their lifetimes Despite these disturbing numbers, little is known about life inside beyond the mythology of popular culture.Michael G Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confiAmerican jails and prisons confine nearly 13.5 million people each year, and it is estimated that 6 to 7 percent of the U.S population will be confined in their lifetimes Despite these disturbing numbers, little is known about life inside beyond the mythology of popular culture.Michael G Santos, a federal prisoner nearing the end of his second decade of continuous confinement, has dedicated the last eighteen years to shedding light on the lives of the men warehoused in the American prison system Inside Life Behind Bars in America, his first book for the general public, takes us behind those bars and into the chaos of the cellblock Capturing the voices of his fellow prisoners with perfect pitch, Santos makes the tragic and at times inspiring stories of men from the toughest gang leaders to the richest Wall Street criminals come alive From drug schemes, murders for hire, and even a prostitution ring that trades on the flesh of female prison guards, this book contains the never before seen details of prison life that at last illuminate the varied ways in which men experience life behind bars in America.

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    1. Michael Santos was arrested on a nonviolent drug charge during the 1980s, when our government was treating drug suppliers like terrorists Santos had never been in trouble, had no violence or gun charges associated with the drug distrubution Yet he was given a 45 year sentence to be served in the Federal prison system.His journey began in a supermax prison, where he was housed with hardcore lifers, gangbangers, rapists, and men who murdered for pleasure He was in his early 20s when his sentence b [...]

    2. I have a weakness for a prison memoir I volunteered several times at a federal penitentiary ten years ago and it made a huge impact on me I always remember the victims, but the men I met moved me Should someone go to jail for twenty years or for a victimless crime Is anyone ever rehabilitated from even a heinous crime I have to believe in people s capacity for change I think reform is needed I think that people in prison who will be released should take relationship and parenting classes, learn [...]

    3. This book was amazing It goes in depth to what goes on behind bars It s an objective portrayal of the prison system, as Santos examines both the hard core prisoners as well as the docile and naive prisoners He tells everyone s stories, and really gets to the core of the problems of the criminal justice system There are so many problems that people don t realize that exist in this undocumented world Once you re in the world of a prisoner, you lose all your basic human rights Even if people deser [...]

    4. Liberals and conservatives alike should read about our prison system and this book does a decent job of exposing its pitfalls as well as its place in society It is not for the faint of heartor stomach.

    5. So far, alright Informative, but I really don t have that much empathy for many of the characters he presents or the author himself I m of a victim s rights activist, as opposed to a prisoners rights advocate That said, I like to be informed from the perspectives on either side of the fence Ok so, this book was alright, it was a lot like a text book with stories than a memoir itself The author is still in jail and won t be out until 2013, and I guess even finishing and publishing the book was [...]

    6. Having read a few prison memoirs, this book didn t really bring anything new to the table Michael Santos wants prisoners to be treated with respect and less like animals The only problem with his cause is that he shows exactly how these gang members have no respect for anyone but themselves and act like animals who strike out with violence at the slighest provication sometimes to implied territory disputes Does he really think that any of these thugs who are only about getting drugs and slashin [...]

    7. Michael Santos writes about his incarceration in the federal justice system It is a strong read, a rough ride, at times graphic, at times not graphic enough I got a lot of looks reading this book on the airplane It s cover photo the back of an inmate in an orange jumpsuit his hands handcuffed together, his wristband ID under the cuffs caught a lot of people s eye I don t recommend you carry it through airport security, or to you local courtroom I have a profound personal interest in the criminal [...]

    8. Truth about AmericanisonsToday s prisons are full of drug addicts and dealers Yes, you have murder and rapist, along with child molesters, but, Americans are wasting billions on drug addiction in the wrong way Our prisons do not rehabilitate anyone Not is there any correction going on We are locking up people than any other country in the world and have turned prisons into a Business that eats billions of tax dollars with nothing to show for it After reading this book, you will be missed and wa [...]

    9. An intriguing book about prison, written by an inmate pretty depressing and startling It makes you wonder why jails and prisons are called corrections facilities, when they do nothing of the sort.

    10. Okay, first off, we have all seen Shawshank Redemption We don t need this long polemic to educate us that correctional officers and wardens are corrupt scumbags Yes, we need prison reform but if it was that easy and the complex itself wasn t so profitable, it would be done in a day.The main reason this book is shit, other than the lame attempts at creative writing, was when Michael met Arnie in chapter 19 Of coarse, Arnie real name Arnold Bingis is just a feeble elderly man who just did a little [...]

    11. I would say the book is interesting The writing leaves a lot to be desired but the characters are fascinating Santos was still in prison when he wrote this book and he seems to have fictionalized a good deal of it to protect people involved including himself Nonethess readable and interesting I abandoned this book when I discovered his autobiographical version Earning Freedom.

    12. Interesting and very entertaining.Very easy to read and enjoyable.Perhaps it lacks a bit of sentiments from the author during his confinement.

    13. I finished reading Inside Life Behind Bars In America, and while the Steven Bomb distracted me for a few days, I should probably still talk about it.I brought up the book often while I was reading it, Michael Santos, the author, brought up a wide variety of stories about his time incarcerated in American prisons He spent time in high security, all the way down to minimum security camps, over the course of a three decade sentence for distributing cocaine in the 80s.What he lived through was a nig [...]

    14. interesting look at the US prison system, from an insider s perspective the author was arrested in his early 20 s on a non violent drug charge, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison, despite having no prior record over the years, he has served his time in maximum, low and minimum security prisons, obtained a master s degree, and was working toward a doctorate until his progress was stifled by unaccommodating wardens and corrections officers he has since taken to writing about his experiences a [...]

    15. The book, Inside Life Behind Bars , by Michael G Santos, is about a young boy name Michael, who was convicted of drug trafficking in his early twenties He expresses the stories of many people to truly explain what life is like behind bars There are multiple characters who are introduced in this story, but not for long Michael did interviews in fragments of chapters.The writing of this book was very descriptive and it gave readers an idea of the way these prisoners are treated This book shares pl [...]

    16. Inside offers a gritty, behind the walls look at life in the federal prison system Santos details how weak prisoners learn to adapt and how strong prisoners exploit others including guards He covers the gamut Sex, drugs, gangs, violence.The book is most successful in its documentary aspects Though I found Santos rendering of some of the prison argot a little cheesy, I have no doubt about its general accuracy Santos does less of a good job talking about his own experiences and choices inside He d [...]

    17. An impressive feat to write this book in longhand and end up with an even semi readable account The book isn t quite sure what story it wants to tell that of the author, that of the craziest folks he met in prison, that of the prison system broadly This bit of unfocus detracts some from the experience of reading and enjoying this book Still, the anecdotes are believable and well written and the ability of Mr Santos to survive a long prison sentence with relative sanity and dignity is impressive [...]

    18. Very well and clearly written Gives a vivid idea of miserable life in penitentiaries Left me with a lot of questions though Like how did he avoid the terrible treatment so many people got assault, rape, etc if he didn t himself engage in violence, as he says in the book He both says it s impossible to avoid, and that he avoids it Hmmm Also the way he wrote the other inmates prison language but didn t use it himself just seems pretentious somehow Also he really comes off like a goody two shoes sa [...]

    19. An informative read to know about life behind bars from an inside perspective Santo s message is built toward prisoners rights, yet i could not feel for them in most of his stories Most of them do not want to elevate their life condition but keep on getting themselves in trouble My lack of compassion for them, however, doesn t mean that i agree on the way they are treated There should always be limits to the power given to any correctional system to stop its employees from abusing the power gi [...]

    20. First off props for the vision and resolve it took to write and publish this book while locked up, especially in the face of institutional hostility As a feat of courage and grit, it wins my admiration As a glimpse into the world behind bars it s a readable and beneficial account It confirms and expands the insights into men s facilities I ve gleaned as a researcher and volunteer.As a literary work it s on the higher middle end of OK The reconstructed scenes dialogues are vivid and interesting, [...]

    21. Meh Santos is in the Fed pen for 45 years, and opted to take the road of education and writing inside rather than violence And then, he writes about all the violence and stuff all around him The bad stuff is he has a slightly annoying writing style, and part of it is due to his using the prison vernacular slang constantly I admit, the stories just wouldn t sound right if he was all, Pardon me, Crip High, but what the deuce are you doing with my heroin but it gets really annoying to read after a [...]

    22. Michael Santos writes about his prison experience he s serving hard time for drug offenses and is nearing the end of a long sentence and the many ways in the which the prison system fails its prisoners This is a difficult read, partly due to the graphic subject matter he s no holds barred Santos makes a strong case for the rehabilitation of the system and I found myself outraged at times throughout the book A very good read.

    23. The author of this book is, as of the time of this review, incarcerated, and has been for the last decade, at least The book is composed episodes from the jail prison system and Santos analysis of them The author is necessarily forgiven for any omissions of what might normally be expected in semi academic non fiction he is after all still in prison The book offers invaluable insight into inner city sociology Also, copious graphic scenes make it very readable.

    24. This book helped open my eyes to prison culture The lengths people take to survive and the ways a person can make great opportunities for themselves with little resources it s amazing Unfortunately these men have found these feats in prison I look forward to reading of Mr Santos books and maybe one day sitting in on one of his lectures He is a true inspiration, not only to inmates but their families.

    25. I am currently reading the second chapter As a member of law enforcement I wanted to get a intimate glimpse of the other side , I am not too impressed but will continue reading I feel that the author is bashing law enforcement and putting his personal feeling into this book, which is fine but a turn off for someone who is in the field.

    26. I may not be giving this book enough credit because it was read after reading a remarkable book of the same genre The Hot House Life Inside Leavenworth Prison , but I will say it is an interesting read if you are curious about prisoners and what they go through I will say that I had to fast forward through a few parts when the slang and realism was overdone for my taste.

    27. I m just wrapping up a morbid few weeks of prison books and prison shows It s pretty fascinating stuff but pretty ugly This book was of the most interesting to date but that doesn t really make it good The author is bright and articulate though and he has been in prison a long time so you do get the sense that it is real The majority of these books are full of bragging and bs.

    28. I read this book as part of my curriculum for a Criminology course I took in college.This book opens your eyes to the institutionalized lives of prisoners Overall, decent book but not very memorable

    29. His insight on the things that drive inmates to do what they do is fairly accurate He paints himself as an observer of the inmate culture and not a participant His portrayal of the officers is yet again another book that inaccurately depicts officers as the stereotypical bullying corrupt brute.

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