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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Product details File Size: Her portrait of Rikers as a miniature, punitive Gotham is colorful and complex; moreover, it forces us to acknowledge jennufer inequalities and intricacies of life behind bars, which those ex-convicts continue to face once they step off this island, headed for either prison upstate or to freedom.

He enclosed the following week”s schedule and circled the days I could visit.

Inside Rikers: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Samantha rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Five hundred bucks and you”re in. Somehow knowing my predicament, he explained it was far easier to get security clearance as “a friend” of an inmate rather than as a journalist. Ashley rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Wynn looks for explanations of this in their early lives, in the inequalities of our society, and in the policies and practices of the criminal justice system itself. Her bright, optimistic style seems incongruous with the institutionalized darkness she depicts, however. Then again, I thought, what could he really do to me? As if on the set of a science-fiction movie, you then enter a bright red cylindrical booth.

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Her lively prose, with its refreshing lack of “street” hennifer and her emphasis on the forlorn dignity in humanity subjugated by large-scale imprisonment, make this an unusually stirring example of the “teacher in prison” subgenre and a worthwhile companion to books like Ted Conover’s NBCC Award—winning Newjack and Joseph T. An unsentimental portrait of losers in the war against drugs.

I truly feel that the free population could really benefit from hearing from more perspectives and to help break stigmas that only work against the very people spoken about in this book to move toward a better society. He”d buy his victim a cup insjde coffee and display a portfolio of the actresses he”d made famous, luring her into his web with promises of one-hundred-dollar-an-hour all-day shoots.

Refresh and try again. The stories from the guards are more about how the system is faulted to them as well rather than war stories of the jail. Some sad and happy stories about certain inmates.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her deep commitment to viewing prisoners as the downtrodden among us is supported by the jail’s own stark statistics, which indicate that most of the inmates are impoverished minority residents of the city’s “dead zones,” areas with the highest murder rates, and that many are stuck in the hard cycle of drug addiction and drug-related crime.

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Expecting a book more on the Prison itself, this was a book more on the system of incarceration that Riker’s perpetuates. I had to read for school, but I couldn’t put it down. I also believe putative measures wholly fail on their own and must be buttressed with preventative measures.

Two Staten Island ferries, converted into floating detention centers, are docked off the northern tip of the island and together hold over prisoners.

Inside Rikers: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony by Jennifer Wynn

Beth rated it really liked it Mar 18, Lemme see what I can do. Though she has left journalism as a career, this powerful debut puts her in jenifer best tradition of activist journalism. Al Marsiglia is currently reading it Apr 28, Paperbackpages. Janet marked it as to-read Oct 04, Wynn is a teacher and counsellor, working inside Rikers, and with