Kilroy Was Here
May 15, 2002
Crimes Against Humanity?
With the rise of the number of people imprisoned, there has been a rise in the number of articles, books, memoirs, and novels detailing experiences with our criminal justice system. Here are but a few to get started.
- Your Lyin' Eyes - What to do about eyewitnesses who get it wrong. By Steve Chapman - A good overview on the fallibility of eyewitness testimony.
- The Talented Mr. Lerner - The New York Times Book Review by David D. Kirkpatrick of the book You Got Nothing Coming by Jimmy Lerner. You'll have to pay for the article, but it's a great read. In particular, it debunks the 'heroic' Lerner by getting to the actual details of his crime.
- Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing - An inside look into the life of a prison guard. The journalist Ted Conover went undercover and served as a correctional officer for a year at New York's toughest prison. You can hear an interview with Conover on NPR's Fresh Air.
- The God File by Frank Turner Holton - A novel about a man sent to prison for life for a crime he didn't commit. From a customer review on this page:
"The prison genre has often been used in novels, memoirs, and film as a stripped-down, bare-bones symbol of an uncaring, overpowering, and alien universe and humanity's reaction to it. Frank Turner Hollon's THE GOD FILE is a fresh and compelling addition to that tradition."
As I come across more links, I'll post them here.
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