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Gates of Injustice By Alan Elsner

Gates of Injustice by Alan Elsner

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Examines the American prison system, where rapes, assaults, and deaths are regular occurrences, as well as the powerful political and social forces driving imprisonment. This book charts the negative impact on both inmates and society of what is essentially a wasteful and inhumane system, and offers a series of practical proposals for reform.

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Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons by Alan Elsner

Gates of Injustice is an extraordinarily compelling expose of the American prison system now completely updated in this new paperback editon: how more than 2,000,000 Americans came to be incarcerated; what it's really like on the inside; what it's like for the families left on the outside; and how an enormous "prison-industrial complex" has grown to support and promote imprisonment in place of virtually every other alternative. Reuters journalist Alan Elsner shows how prisons really work, how race-based gangs are able to control institutions and prey on weaker inmates, and how an epidemic of abuse and brutality has exploded across American prisons. Readers will discover the plight of 300,000 mentally ill people in prisons, virtually abandoned with little medical treatment. They'll also meet the fastest growing segment of the prison population: women. Readers go inside "supermax" prisons that cut inmates off from all human contact, and uncover the official corruption and brutality that riddles jail systems in major cities like Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. Finally, they'll learn prisons accelerate the spread of infectious diseases throughout the broader society--just one of the many ways the prison epidemic touches everyone, even if they've never met anyone who's gone to jail.

About Alan Elsner

Alan Elsner has written extensively about conditions in jails and prisons, visiting institutions in a dozen states to meet with inmates, lawyers, corrections officers, medical staff, religious volunteers, family members, and law enforcement. He has 25 years' experience in journalism, covering stories ranging from the September 11, 2001 attacks on America and the Arab-Israeli conflict to the 2000 presidential election and the end of the Cold War. Elsner is currently National Correspondent for Reuters news agency. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Preface to the First Edition xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1: The Second Toughest Sheriff in America 1

Chapter 2: Becoming a Prison Nation 11

Chapter 3: Entering the Gates 31

Chapter 4: The Vulnerable 63

Chapter 5: The Sanity of the System 81

Chapter 6: An Unhealthy Situation 103

Chapter 7: Women Behind Bars 131

Chapter 8: Supermax 153

Chapter 9: Short-Term Problems 181

Chapter 10: Money, Money, Money 201

Chapter 11: After Prison 219

Chapter 12: Some Modest Suggestions 231

Endnotes 243

Index 265

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Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons by Alan Elsner
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