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Summary: The number of Americans who live behind bars has increased by 550 percent over the last 40 years. This has been the result of aggressive tough-on-crime legislation that had more harmful effects than lawmakers could have foreseen. Experts now see the problem but disagree on the solutions. Does incarceration limit crime, or does it simply feed into a cycle of problems that harm society and create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Publishing, LLC 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 MAS

Joyner, Chris

Summary: The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson' is the story of Clarence Henderson, a wrongfully accused Black sharecropper who was sentenced to die three different times for a murder he didn't commit, and the prosecution desperate to pin the crime on him despite scant evidence. His first trial lasted only a day and featured a lackluster public defense. The book also tells the story of Homer...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Inc. 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.134 JOY

Summary: "Red" Redding is a lifer who knows the ropes at Maine's Shawshank State Prison. New inmate Andy Dufresne is a quiet banker, unjustly convicted of murder. Andy's indomitable will earns Red's friendship and his resourcefulness brings hope and change to the entire prison. Andy is full of surprises--and he saves his best surprise for last.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2007

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1 available in Drama DVDs, Call number: DVD DRAMA SHA

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD MOVIE SHA

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1 available in Digital Video Disc, Call number: DVD Movie Shawshank 2007

Beety, Valena E.

Summary: "From a former federal prosecutor turned champion of the wrongfully convicted, this powerful and profound book follows the stories of women reclaiming their freedom and creates a new blueprint for remaking our deeply flawed criminal legal system." -- Inside front jacket flap.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp. 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345.73 BEE

Rezaian, Jason

Summary: In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian's reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2019

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B REZAIAN REZ

Summary: A comedy feature about two lowlifes, a small time pimp and an unemployed disc jockey, framed for crimes they didn't commit, who escape from jail with an eccentric Italian tourist. Set in New Orleans and the swamps of Louisiana.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2002

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1 available in Comedy DVDs, Call number: DVD COMEDY DOW

Summary: After 30 years in prison, Horcia discovers that her friend and fellow inmate committed the murder of which she was accused. This leads to her release and the transformative discovery of the man who framed her.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Kino Lorber 2018

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1 available in Foreign DVDs, Call number: DVD FOREIGN WOM

Dawkins, Curtis

Summary: "In this stunning debut collection, Curtis Dawkins, an MFA graduate and convicted murderer serving life without parole, takes us inside the worlds of prison and prisoners with stories that dazzle with their humor and insight, even as they describe a harsh and barren existence. In Curtis Dawkins's first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 2017

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC DAW

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse

Summary: "In AN ABOLITIONIST'S HANDBOOK, Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors AN ABOLITIONIST'S HANDBOOK offers a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2021

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Lempert, Lora Bex

Summary: How do women mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces and grandmothers -- make sense of judgment to a lifetime behind bars? In Women Doing Life, Lora Bex Lempert examines the carceral experiences of women serving life sentences, presenting a typology of the ways that life-sentenced women grow and self-actualize, resist prison definitions, reflect on and own their criminal acts, and ultimately create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York University Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.4 LEM

Michaels, Fern

Summary: Tessa Jamison couldn't have imagined anything worse than losing her beloved twin girls and husband; until she was convicted of their murder. For ten years, she has counted off the days in Florida's Correctional Center for Women, fully expecting to die behind bars. Fighting to prove her innocence holds little appeal now that her family's gone. But on one extraordinary day, her lawyers announce...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Recorded Books 2018

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD FIC MIC

Summary: For Life is a fictional serialised legal and family drama inspired by the life of Isaac Wright, Jr. about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn't commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaim the life that was stolen from him....

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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1 available in Television Series DVDs, Call number: DVD TV FOR

Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne)

Summary: Feminist organizing by marginalized populations such as queer, anticapitalist, and non-white women, has pushed for abolition as a response to forms of state and interpersonal gender and sexual violence, but have largely been erased from this political moment. Leading scholar-activists trace historical genealogies, internationalist learnings, and everyday practices to grow our collective present...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Haymarket Books 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.42 DAV

Horowitz, Anthony

Summary: Farlingaye Hall is a beautiful hotel in Suffolk on the east coast of England. Unfortunately, it is also the site of the brutal murder of Frank Parris, a retired advertising executive. Stefan Codrescu, a Romanian maintenance man, is arrested after police find blood spatter on his clothes and bed linen. He is found guilty and spends eight years in prison. Alan Conway, the late author of the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2020

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP FIC HOR

Jaye, Lola

Summary: This novel about family secrets, love and loss, identity, and belonging, features two children trapped in the same attic, almost a century apart, bound by a shared secret.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2022

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1 available in Audiobook Display, Call number: MP3CD FIC JAY

Jones, Tayari

Summary: "Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit....

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

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1 available in Playaway, Call number: PA FIC JON

Montross, Christine

Summary: "Galvanized by her work in our nation's jails, psychiatrist Christine Montross illuminates the human cost of mass incarceration and mental illness. Dr. Christine Montross has spent her career treating the most severely ill psychiatric patients. Several years ago, she set out to investigate why so many of her patients got caught up in the legal system when discharged from her care--and what...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 MON

Mosley, Walter

Summary: "Easy Rawlins is back, with a new detective agency and a new mystery to solve. Charcoal Joe has asked Easy to help clear Joe's son, who was found standing over a white man's dead body in his cabin home"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Center Point Large Print 2016

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1 available in Large Print, Call number: LP FIC MOS

Summary: Six ordinary strangers awaken to find themselves in a seemingly endless maze of interlocking cubical chambers armed with lethal booby traps. Without food or water, they have only a few days to live. None of them knows how or why they've been imprisoned, but soon discover that each possesses a skill that could contribute to their escape. As they work together to extricate themselves from their...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 1998

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1 available in Horror DVDs, Call number: DVD HORROR CUB

Summary: Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He's framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. Then it gets worse.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Young Adult Anime, Call number: DVD ANIME DEA

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Summary: From Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, co-creator of Yellowstone, and Hugh Dillon, it follows the McLusky family-power brokers in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has neither.

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2022

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Summary: 'Red' Davison, the sheriff of Sun Dog, sacrifices his job and his good name to save his best friend, 'Silent' Slade from the hangman's noose, following a framed-up court decision which sentences Slade to hang for the murder of Scotty McKee. Davidson allows Slade to escape from jail and follows him to aid him in proving his innocence.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2019

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1 available in Western DVDs, Call number: DVD WESTERN RED

Summary: Seventeen teenage lawbreakers spend a day inside Rahway State Prison (later East Jersey State Prison) with some of New Jersey's most dangerous criminals. A selected group of convicts ("The Lifers") give the youth an in-your-face, no-holds-barred account about life in prison, in hopes of "scaring them straight". Twenty years later, filmmaker Arnold Shapiro catches up with both the kids and the...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Docurama 2003

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC SCA

Christie, Agatha

Summary: Hercule Poirot undertakes a sixteen-year-old murder case in which a woman apparently poisoned her adulterous husband. Because her husband-to-be is growing wearily disenchanted with her family's history, the daughter of the accused murderer, Carla Lemarchant, desperately tries to clear her mother's name. As Poirot conducts his investigation, he rounds up five other possible suspects: Philip...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Harper 2013

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC CHR

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