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. ...
  • 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...
  • Whitney
    Nov 25, 2018
    Really exciting reporting. This book is full of both historical and contemporary realities that we conveniently and literally shut away and try not to think about. ...
  • Mehrsa
    Dec 07, 2018
    Really interesting project, but ultimately not substantive. The most interesting bits are the parts that he goes back in history, but it's all already written in Slavery By Another Name and the New Jim Crow. The personal account is very interesting--and so is the fact that Bauer himsel...
  • Erin
    Dec 29, 2018
    Everyone should read this book! Interleaves the little-known history of the American prison system with a gripping account of Bauer's time as an undercover guard in an unbelievably corrupt and mismanaged for-profit prison system. This book has made me question the use of long-term impr...
  • Kathy (Bermudaonion)
    Aug 27, 2018
    4.5 stars ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Dec 21, 2018
    4 stars A prison in Louisiana, a journalist undercover. This combination makes for a compelling read. This book takes you on a 4 month journey into a privately run for-profit prison, not state or federally run, but one ran by a private corporation. Wages are low, staff is almost...
  • 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...
  • Loring Wirbel
    Dec 03, 2018
    Despite the heavy accolades for this book and my interest in the subject matter, I was tempted in the first 50 pages to give the book a mere three stars for two reasons. First, the concept of a journalist going undercover to work a story has always struck me as problematic in some sens...
  • Joseph Stieb
    Dec 30, 2018
    Some real-deal investigative about the corrupt, morally bankrupt world of for-profit prisons. Bauer, who was actually imprisoned in Iran for about 2 years, became a guard at a prison in Louisiana run by Corrections Corporation of America. He only worked there about 5 months, but it was...
  • 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...
  • Wendy
    Dec 28, 2018
    Coming from Canada, I'm familiar with words and phrases such as "restorative justice," "rehabilitation" and "lax" being applied to the Canadian prison system, so I wasn't prepared to hear the word "business" in context of incarceration, but that's the history of the American prison sys...
  • 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...
  • Diana
    Dec 17, 2018
    This is a good book. Our prison system is broken. The author does a good job of both giving the history of prisons in the South and describing his work at a private prison in Louisiana. As a correctional officer he was paid about what he would earn working at Wal Mart. The prison could...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 22, 2018
    This book really made me angry - so disgusting how privatizing prison is all about profit and not the people. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meredith
    Nov 29, 2018
    I recently watched all three seasons of Hard Time on Netflix, the National Geographic documentary series about the men and women behind bars, as well as those tasked with keeping them in line. There were some prisoners who walked into the penitentiary determined to break every rule the...
  • Josephine Burks
    Dec 16, 2018
    This was a really well written and first hand account of life in an American prison. Excellent book. ...
  • Esther Espeland
    Jan 09, 2019
    Super good, learned so much! Liked how the chapters bat Winn correctional facility were interspersed with historical analysis ...
  • John
    Sep 24, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In many regards reminds me of an all time favorite, Black Like Me. ...
  • Beth Lorow
    Nov 27, 2018
    The author was once imprisoned in Iran and then voluntarily went undercover at a prison in Louisiana to expose the many shortcomings of for-profit incarceration in America. He balances his lived experience as a corrections officer with an historical timeline of imprisonment in the sout...
  • Mathieu Coquelet Ruiz
    Jan 12, 2019
    When Shane Bauer, an investigative journalist, is denied access to elements he needs for an investigation into private prisons in the US (access to files denied, script of interviews controlled, etc.), he decides to apply for a job as a Correctional Officer at Winn, LA, the oldest priv...
  • Neil Farrell
    Nov 12, 2018
    This book will scare you straight! ...
  • Catherine Norman
    Dec 31, 2018
    First thoughts after reading this book: Shane Bauer is more courageous than I will ever be. After being imprisoned in Iran and spending time in solitary confinement, he takes on a $9/hour job to work at a private prison in Louisiana. This book goes into detail about his four months as ...