Loading, please wait...
:

product description page

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison : What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America's Prison Crisis - Reprint

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison : What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America's Prison Crisis - Reprint - image 1 of 1

About this item

The fall from politico to prisoner isn’t necessarily long, but the landing, as Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith learned, is a hard one.

In 2009, Smith pleaded guilty to a seemingly minor charge of campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and one day in Kentucky’s FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmate Cornbread and his friends in the ****** Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who’s allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you’re a prisoner or an officer. And throughout his sentence, the young Senator tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human potential.

Smith saw the power of millions of inmates harnessed as a source of renewable energy for America’s prison-industrial complex, a system that aims to build better criminals instead of better citizens. In Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, he traces the cracks in America’s prison walls, exposing the shortcomings of a racially-based cycle of poverty and crime that sets inmates up to fail. Speaking from inside experience, he offers practical solutions to jailbreak the nation from the financially crushing grip of its own prisons and to jumpstart the rehabilitation of the millions living behind bars.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Social Science, Biography + Autobiography, Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Jeff Smith
Language: English
Street Date: May 2, 2017
TCIN: 51626680
UPC: 9781250134479
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-9729
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
$15.29
MSRPReg: $17.99 Save $2.70 (15% off)
Shipping
In stock - free standard shipping with REDcard
Not in stores

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.


*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.