Prison culture is an entity that feeds itself with rage, indifference and the force of addiction. It is a culture thats born in the streets, germinates behind bars, and then flows back into neighborhoods as ongoing cycles of victimization.The U.S.MorePrison culture is an entity that feeds itself with rage, indifference and the force of addiction.
It is a culture thats born in the streets, germinates behind bars, and then flows back into neighborhoods as ongoing cycles of victimization.The U.S. currently has the most overcrowded prisons in the world- some states are combating the legal and political fallout from this reality by enacting new experiments for handling criminals.
But behind the clichéd expressions from lawmakers, oversimplified narratives from officials and fragmented reporting by the media, truths around Americas justice system lie out of sight for most citizens, purposefully hidden behind curtains of overwhelming failure. Many who work within the system understand its dysfunction comes not only from the confusing nature of criminality, but also from laws tied more to bureaucratic advantage and financial gain than the truth of what is happening in the streets.
In The Cutting Four-piece, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson builds on his years as a newspaper crime reporter to probe the link between prison overcrowding, criminal thinking, addiction, mental illness and policy born from political exploitation.“Anderson takes you on a ride through scenes you just don’t see anywhere else, from a Louisiana prison rodeo, where locals cheer as convict matadors face down gigantic bulls and risk excruciating injuries, to a gunfight between a rampaging meth head and a legion of California cops who rush to the scene after an officer-involved shooting.
Anyone can have an opinion on the police and the criminal justice system. Anderson actually takes you inside.”– David Donadio, contributing writer, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy“With his extraordinary scene-setting ability and strict attention to the smallest detail, you dont just read one of Scott Thomas Andersons books, you live inside it.
You are there. The Cutting Four-piece is educational, informational, entertaining, thought-provoking and scary in its truths.”— Bill Poindexter, staff editor, The Sacramento Bee