A Life for a Life: Life Imprisonment: Americas Other Death Penalty

Paperback | October 15, 2003

byJames A. PaluchEditorThomas J. Bernard, Robert Johnson

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James A. Paluch, Jr., is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. In this remarkably perceptive book, he offers the reader a detailed account of the daily realities of prison life in its mundane essentials, from the culture of the cellblock to the etiquette of the yard and themess hall. The book also highlights concepts of prisonization, institutionalization, and the community, as well as the nature of modern punishment. Here, Paluch walks us through a complicated, sometimes treacherous culture behind bars, a place where manipulation and deception often rule. He introduces us to the world of the lifer, a community of men who know they will live and die behind bars. By the end of his book, Paluch leads the reader toquestion and reevaluate whether our prisons, in their present condition, should continue institutionalizing substantial numbers of offenders for the rest of their natural lives.

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James A. Paluch, Jr., is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole. In this remarkably perceptive book, he offers the reader a detailed account of the daily realities of prison life in its mundane essentials, from the culture of the cellblock to the etiquette of the yard and themess hall. The book also highlights concepts o...

James Anthony Paluch, Jr. was born May 24, 1971, in Allentown, PA. Educated in both public and private schools, he and his girlfriend dropped out of high school six months before graduation. He was arrested in Philadelphia in June, 1990, for first-degree murder and aggravated assault. In October, 1991, he was sentenced to life impriso...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.91 × 9.02 × 0.51 inPublished:October 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019533048X

ISBN - 13:9780195330489

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IntroductionPart I: Life1. As I Write This Book2. Bof's Journal3. Enter the MadnessPart II: Food4. The Old Dining Hall5. The New Dining Hall6. The CommissaryPart III: Personal Hygiene7. Showers8. Laundry9. HaircutsPart IV: Medical Care10. A Visit to Medical11. A Painful ExperiencePart V: Sex12. Forced Sexual Deprivation13. Sex in PrisonPart VI: Inmates and Staff14. The Unlistened-to Story15. The Game16. The Times Are a Changin'17. The Snitch18. Asleep in the DeepPart VII: Custody and Security19. Shakedown20. Misconduct21. The Setup22. The Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU)23. Isn't It Ironic?Part VIII: Violence24. Firebombed!Part IX: Lifers25. This Is What We Do to Troublemakers26. Rumble in the Jungle27. The Lock in the Sock28. A Bowl of Fruit29. Joshua30. The Old Man and the MountainPart X: Family31. Thinking of You32. A Sad Day for Mr. Strawberry33. A Lifer's Dad, by James A. Paluch, Sr.34. A Lifer's Mom, by Joyce Upchurch35. A Wife Doing Life, by Dianna L. HollisPart XI: Conclusion36. Forgive Them, Father...37. A Life for a LifeBibliography