20,000 Years in Sing Sing

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  • Title: 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
  • Author: Lewis E. Lawes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1 thought on “20,000 Years in Sing Sing”

    1. This was a fantastic reminder that we need to look deeper than the surface. That sometimes, what society teaches us is so is only part of the story. That it's possible to work in the bowels of one of the most "despotic" places on earth and still retain faith in human nature. I can't wait to read more of his work!

    2. I think this is the best book out there that discusses US governement penal policies. It's amazing to see how our prison system has developed and deteriorated in the years before and since this book was written. Lawes brought about so many incredible reforms in his time, it is a shame that this book is not more widely read by officials today.

    3. Dorothy Kilgallen’s book Murder One led me to this book. She referred to it while discussing the not always fair practice of the penal system. Sometimes innocent people land in jail. This not my usual type of reading. His career began in 1905. For someone who started so long ago, I was surprised at the evolution of the prison system. You would think prison administration would want life to be tougher seeing what they do. But what the guards and staff see is not what the outsiders see and know. [...]

    4. It took quite a while to track this book down. Very popular in the 1930s, and made into a pre-code film, it's hard to come by in 2017, but fully worth the effort. Many of the views of the author - the warden of Sing Sing - are very relevant today, including the dehumanizing of inmates ("it is only when circumstances strike home that we become keenly aware of the necessity of invoking the rule of individuality in dealing with offenders), and the radical expansion of the numbers of prisons and pri [...]

    5. I liked having the perspective that one can never measure or guess which humans are beyond redemption. In order to preserves one's own humanity, you must seek to acknowledge the humanity in others. without ever throwing out your brain in the process!

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