Multcolib Homework Center Picks: Justice and jail time

Gideon's Trumpet
Gideon's Trumpet By Lewis, Anthony (Book - 1989 ) 345.73056 L673g 1989 Available in some locations

Annotation:Clarence Earl Gideon, a semi-literate drifter, is arrested for breaking into a pool hall and stealing $55. Unable to afford a lawyer he tries and fails to defend himself. Using his own sense of justice and the prison library, he changes what it means to get a fair trail.

Locked up
Locked up A History of the U.S. Prison System By Edge, Laura Bufano (Book - 2009 ) 365.973 E23L 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Starting in colonial days before the U.S. we journey though history to modern day prison issues. Here is an engaging look at what changes and what remains the same told with photos, letters and stories of famous prisoners.

Hole in My Life
Hole in My Life By Gantos, Jack (Book - 2012 ) y 813.54 G211h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A Newbery Award winner best known for funny and quirky children and teen books, Jack Gantos took an odd journey to children's lit. As a teenager he is offered a job. But instead of easy money sailing to New York with a boatload of drugs, Gantos ends up in Federal Prison. This is his telling of that time.

The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption (DVD - 2007 ) DVD Drama SHAWSHANK Available in some locations

Annotation:Modern classic that revolves around the ways that prison effects everyone involved.

Monster By Myers, Walter Dean (Book - 1999 ) y MYERS Available in some locations

Annotation:While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Punishment and Democracy
Punishment and Democracy Three Strikes and You're Out in California By Zimring, Franklin E. (Book - 2001 ) 364.6 Z76p 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Three strikes and you're out" laws, which effectively impose a 25-years-to-life sentence at the moment of a third felony conviction, have been passed in 26 states. California's version of the "three strikes" law, enacted in 1994, was broader and more severe than measures considered or passed in any other state. Here is an examination of the impact of the law.

Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black My Year in A Woman's Prison By Kerman, Piper (Book - 2010 ) 365.43092 K395o 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 10 copies

Annotation:With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman's story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison--why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they're there.

A Plague of Prisons
A Plague of Prisons The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America By Drucker, Ernest (Book - 2011 ) 365.973 D7941p 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Dr. John Snow first traced an outbreak of cholera to a water pump in the Soho district of London in 1854, the field of epidemiology was born. Taking the same concepts and tools of public health - Drucker makes the case that the current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an epidemic.

Prison Break
Prison Break Season One (DVD - 2006 ) DVD Drama PRISON1 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Most men would do anything to get out of jail, but Michael Scofield will do anything to get in. His brother has been sentenced to die for a crime he didn't commit, and the only way to save him is from the inside out. Please note: Not meant as a How-To guide!

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing (Book - 2010 ) 345.730772 M2712 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:No need to limit yourself to only one way of thinking: The Opposing Viewpoints series looks at Mandatory Minimum Sentences. Essays from all sides of the issue by lawyers, legislators and professors.

The Little Book of Prison
The Little Book of Prison A Beginners Guide By Owens, Frankie (eBook - 2012 ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Finding himself "At Her Majesty's Pleasure" British Prisoner Frankie Owens decided to do something useful with his time and experience. The result is The Little Book of Prison, a funny and engaging look at the inside in the form of a helpful how-to guide that hopefully none of us will be needing.

The Other Wes Moore
The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates By Moore, Wes (Book - 2010 ) B-M8251o 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools : A Handbook for Parents, Students, Educators, and Citizens / Edited by William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Rick Ayers ; [foreword by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson] (Book - 2001 ) 371.782 Z58 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Zero Tolerance policies in schools have become popular ways to address violence and drug issues. But are such policies working, or are they causing more harm than good?


Ever wondered what it's like in prison (but don't want to break the law)? Curious about how well our system really works? What about going to jail in colonial times? Check out these titles and explore from the safety of your library shelves.


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