Life in Prison

Topics: Prison, Life imprisonment, Shame Pages: 4 (1349 words) Published: August 21, 2005
Life in Prison – Behind a Convict's Eyes

Crystal Fisher


This paper is about the book "Behind a Convict's Eyes" by K.C. Cerceral. This book was written by a young man who enters prison on a life sentence and describes the world around him. Life in prison is a subculture of its own, this subculture has its own society, language and cast system. The book describes incidents that have happen in prison to inmates. With this paper I will attempt to explain the way of life in a prison from an inmate's view. Understanding Prison Life

After reading the book I have gained a new understanding of what inmates think about in prison. Working in an institution, I have a certain cynical attitude at times with inmates and their requests. Working in a reception facility, this is a facility where inmates are brought in from the county jails to the state intake facility, we deal with a lot of requests and questions. At times, with the phone ringing off the hook from family members and inmates with their prison request forms, you get a little cynical and tired of answering the same questions over and over. As I read the book I begin to understand some of the reason for the questions. Inmate(s) now realize that the officers and administrative personnel are in control of their lives. They dictate with to get up in the morning, take showers, eat meals, go to classes, the need see people for different reason, when to exercise and when to go to bed. The lost of control over their lives is a new experience for some and they would like to be able to adjust to this new lost of freedom. Upon understanding this and in reading the book, I am not as cynical as I have been and try to be more patient in answering questions. So in a way I have changed some of my thinking and understanding more of prison life. Describe Strategies and Compare with Voices from the Field

Some of the adaptation strategies used by "Anonymous" and the other inmates in...

References: Carceral, K.C., (2004), Behind a Convict 's Eyes, Wadsworth, Thomson Learning
Schmid, Thomas & Jones, Richard, (2001), Voices from the Field, Wadsworth,
Thomson Learning
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