American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment

A groundbreaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meani A groundbreaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America in one Louisiana prison an...

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Title:American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
Author:Shane Bauer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:318 pages pages

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Reviews

  • Stella Fouts
    Oct 24, 2018
    Excellent research and excellent writing - still, it's a story that's difficult to hear. ...
  • cat
    Oct 24, 2018
    Private prisons are wrong. This book, a much longer and more detailed version of the long form article written by the author for Mother Jones a few years ago, is FULL of the details of why. The author's own undercover experiences working as a prison guard at one of the privately-run pr...
  • Socraticgadfly
    Oct 10, 2018
    Simply fantastic. If you liked Bauer's reporting in Mother Jones, you'll love this greatly expanded story about his time undercover at the privately-owned Winn Correctional Unit in Louisiana. Winn is owned by the then-named CCA, now rebranded as CoreCivic. It's one of the two bi...
  • Iva
    Nov 19, 2018
    For profit prisons pay $9.00 an hour to their guards and there aren't any raises. There also aren't many other places to work in rural areas where they are located. Bauer, a former prisoner for over 2 years in a prison in Iran--he wrote a book about that as well--is an expert observer ...
  • kelly
    Oct 06, 2018
    I could not put this book down. Five stars. In 2015, Shane Bauer, a reporter with Mother Jones, goes undercover for four months at a privately owned (?for profit") prison in rural Louisiana, Winn Correctional, managed by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). He is hired for $9...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Oct 08, 2018
    This is a quite beautifully written, straightforward book about the history and the current state of the American prison system; the author goes undercover in a privately owned prison and basically sees what happens. And if management would infer that the man?s work is fake, he wore ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Feb 16, 2018
    American Prison is an eye-opening exploration of a deeply broken system. Revealing not only a look at the inside workings of our prison systems, but also facility issues; Mr. Bauer went undercover as a corrections officer within a Louisiana prison. This perspective is complicated by h...
  • Larry Bassett
    Sep 21, 2018
    I sincerely wish that I thought this book was better. It is about the privatization of prisons and prisons for profit. The most recent focus of prisons for profit has been its expansion in the immigration detention facility market. After the Obama administration withdrew the federal go...
  • Diane Lefer
    Nov 04, 2018
    Essential reading though it takes a strong stomach. It's not just Bauer's inside report on what went on in the private prison where he worked, but he offers the horrific history of for-profit prisons in the US and the inextricable link between mass incarceration and the most virulent r...
  • Rachel Wall
    Oct 02, 2018
    Listened to this on audio, nothing new or engaging if you?ve read other items on the issues with prison, reform, etc. ...
  • Danielle
    Oct 13, 2018
    Essential reading about a topic requiring our urgent attention and commitment to solve. For-profit prisons are a scourge and blight that must end if our democracy is to survive. We must commit ourselves to reforming how our society thinks about prison, punishment, and rehabilitation. T...
  • Madeline Partner
    Aug 04, 2018
    Bauer took a brave step by becoming a prison guard to experience first-hand what it is like inside of America's privately run prisons. He chose to become a prison guard at a CCA-run private prison in the small town of Winn, Louisiana. He works there for a few months, and witnesses dail...
  • Deb Blackbourn
    Oct 05, 2018
    Having worked in Government-run prisons, I was anxious to read this. This book took on private prisons. As I read this book, it became apparent that inmates are safer & treated better by government-run prisons. The laws governing government-run prisons are stricter laws. Private pr...
  • Kim
    Oct 06, 2018
    I'm not sure how accurate everything that happened in this book is. The author himself isn't 100% sure that what he was told during his 4 month stint is completely true. He does rely, in some of the instances, on first hand accounts from inmates and officers about horrible doings and w...
  • Diane Payne
    Sep 30, 2018
    American Prison is not an easy read but it is an essential read. Earlier, I had read Shane Bauer's essay about his undercover reporting of prisons in Mother Jones and knew I had to read this book. Too often, we don't pay attention to the fact that as voters and citizens we do have a vo...
  • Jackie
    Oct 17, 2018
    Jesus, I'm reading a novel next because there's only so much reality I can handle at a time these days. Bauer splices chapters detailing the evolution of the for-profit prison from its roots in slavery to its still-alarmingly-familiar present with his own personal experience as an u...
  • Chad
    Oct 28, 2018
    I think fans of Just Mercy would find this book worthwhile, but honestly, I'd recommend American Prison to anyone who has an interest in the American prison system, particularly the private prison industry. Shane Bauer's reporting as an undercover corrections officer at a private priso...
  • Susan Obryan
    Oct 19, 2018
    Shane Bauer first introduced readers to his stint as a prison guard in a breakout article in "Mother Jones" magazine He expanded and packaged his time in 2015 at a Louisiana for-profit prison into "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment." It...
  • Sara Goldenberg
    Nov 03, 2018
    It was well researched but too raw for me. ...
  • Stephen Selbst
    Oct 09, 2018
    Shane Bauer became a correctional officer at a prison run by Correctional Corporation of America in Louisiana to investigate conditions inside a for-profit prison. American Prison tells the story of his experience and also provides a brief history of the use of convict labor by state p...
  • b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb
    Oct 11, 2018
    I hope this help will raise visibility about the huge crisis with prisons and incarceration in this country. The book is very readable and accessible, which should help to that end. There were a couple things that didn't sit quite right. For example, how the book wrapped up kind tid...
  • Angie
    Sep 21, 2018
    Bauer's book has convinced me that private prisons have an awful legacy and are operated poorly because they are operated with en eye to saving every possible cent for profit rather than to make the prison better. He alternates between history of private prisons in general and his expe...
  • Ruby
    Sep 30, 2018
    "This book focuses on one private prison during a four-month period. It also examines how the profit motive has shaped America's prison system for the last 250 years. Private prsions do not drive mass incarceration today; they merely profit from it." "I began applying for jobs in pr...
  • Faith Ryan
    Oct 06, 2018
    Everyone should read this book. It?s as necessary as it is horrific. I went into this book knowing private prisons were bad, but not really knowing anything about the extent of them?not to mention the history. It?s shocking to learn just how many of our taken-for-granted public w...
  • Sandra Snook
    Oct 12, 2018
    No matter your political leanings you should read this book. With nearly 2.5 million people in US prisons and our tax dollars paying for this mass incarceration it is important that all citizens understand what our prison industry is all about. The history of incarceration in the US; t...
  • Kim. E.
    Nov 10, 2018
    Author Shane Bauer is an investigative reporter who spent two years in a prison in Iran after being accused of crossing the border from Iraq. That experience plays a role in his experiences serving to be hired by CCA (Now CoreCivic, a private prison company that manages many prisons (a...
  • John
    Sep 24, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In many regards reminds me of an all time favorite, Black Like Me. ...
  • Julie Stielstra
    Oct 07, 2018
    Un-put-downable - I read it in a day. Shane Bauer goes undercover for four months as a guard in a for-profit prison in Louisiana, run by Correction Corporation of America (CCA), as it then was, now "rebranded" as Core Civic. Bauer, as it happens, was one of the three American journa...
  • Neil Farrell
    Nov 12, 2018
    This book will scare you straight! ...
  • Kate
    Oct 18, 2018
    This book is incredibly well researched and I respect the author?s undertaking of the project immensely. I also really, really wanted to love this book. Prison reform, and more broadly, criminal justice reform is necessary and extremely important. However, the author?s take on ...