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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.
Preface to the Second Edition xi
Preface to the First Edition xiii
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