INSIDE RIKERS: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony. Jennifer Wynn, Author. St. Martin’s $ (p) ISBN Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author’s . An observant journalist whose experiences at Rikers Island have turned her into an advocate for criminal-justice reform shows us the grim lives.
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Rikers Island-just six miles from the Empire State Building-is one of the largest, most complex and most expensive penal institutions in the world, yet most New Yorkers couldn’t find it on a map. 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.
Inside Rikers : stories from the world’s largest penal colony
She chr Rikers Island-just six miles from the Empire State Building-is one of the largest, most complex and most expensive penal institutions in the world, yet most New Yorkers couldn’t find it on a map. She chronicles their journeys as they struggle to “go straight” and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them. Paperbackpages. Published July 24th by St. Martin’s Griffin first published To tikers what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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INSIDE RIKERS: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This book made me sad wyn down in my soul. Even though the author tried to end it on a positive slant, all I could wonder is if the penal and judiciary systems of this country can ever be reformed in a way that will benefit society as a whole.
I believe that putative measures absolutely have their place in our penal system.
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I also believe putative measures wholly fail on their own and must be buttressed with preventative measures. They are likely to become habitual offenders. When was the last time you tried to break a habit? Let there be no doubt about it, a criminal habit is no different from any other bad habit, like say smoking.
They are difficult to break, few people are able to stop cold turkey, especially without support. What would you rather have released back into society? The only way that will happen is if we start inzide money on positive, reformative, preventative initiatives as well as putative. Otherwise we are in an adversarial death spiral between the erstwhile prisoner and the rest of society. Sep 21, Elyssa rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting look inside Rikers Island.
Jun 28, Sam B rated it liked it. So, I should state that I am a little biased before I got into this book. I read into the title more than the blurb as I selected it. Expecting a book more on the Prison itself, this was a book more on the system of incarceration that Riker’s perpetuates. More stories of inmates difficulties with recidivism than with the day to day jemnifer 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 tobut I always enjoy reading of past problems and seeing how far we have come.
Sep 10, Melody Giannullo rated it really liked it. This book had zero typos. Life is full of surprises. Apr 10, Elizabeth Nesbit-comer rated it liked it. 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 jennfier Our prison systems are just making better criminals not better citizens and after reading numerous books from both inmates, counselors, death row wardens, and CO’s, I don’t think any one of them think that the system is working the way it’s supposed to riekrs yet Jan 16, Ellis Amdur rated it liked it.
Wynn is a woman who sees the good in the jenhifer 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 rikrs 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. Finally, Wynn clearly illuminates the sociological side of crime — for many of these men, such as one whose mother mixed liquor in the baby bottle along with his milk, one can only ask: How could they — or you – have turned out any differently.
Aug 16, Tammy Adams rated it it was ok. I expected more and was very disappointed. 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. wymn
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Real Scary Lock-you Up American prisons, where it seems there are not really any happy endings This book contains interesting historical and current facts about this famous correctional facility.
The author presents very interesting and eye opening narratives.
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