American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment by Shane Bauer: Conversation Starters
During his short prison stint as an undercover journalist posing as a prison guard, Shane Bauer reveals that within four months, about 12 incidents of stabbing have occurred; “use of force” against inmates were used often; cell doors could be opened by inmates; medical care was substandard; and a suicide happened which appeared to be preventable. He quotes a prisoner complaining: “Ain’t no order here…inmates run this bitch, son.” To make the prison budget work, educational and recreational services were removed. A prisoner had his legs cut because of an infection that was not given medical attention. Bauer reveals he himself slowly succumbed to the prison mindset of paranoia and authoritarianism.
American Prison is one of New York Times Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. It is a New York Times Notable Book. Bauer is the winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Reporting for his Mother Jones story on private prisons.
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EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER
than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive,
and the characters and its world still live on.
Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to
bring us beneath the surface of the page
and invite us into the world that lives on.
These questions can be used to create hours of conversation:
• Foster a deeper understanding of the book
• Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups
• Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately
• Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before
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