Rikers

An Oral History

    • Pedido anticipado
    • Lanzamiento previsto: 17 ene 2023
    • $ 49.900,00
    • Pedido anticipado
    • $ 49.900,00

Descripción editorial

A shocking, groundbreaking oral history of the notorious Rikers jail complex and an unflinching portrait of injustice and resilience told by the people whose lives have been forever altered.
 
What happens when you jam almost a dozen jails, bulging at the seams with society’s cast-offs, onto a spit of landfill purposefully hidden from public view? Prize-winning journalists Graham Rayman and Reuven Blau have spent two years interviewing more than 130 people comprising a broad cross section of lives Rikers has touched—from incarcerated people and their relatives, to officers, lawyers, and commissioners, with stories spanning the 1970s to present day. The portrait that emerges calls into question the very nature of justice in America.
 
Offering a 360-degree view inside the country’s largest detention complex, the deeply personal accounts—featured here for the first time—take readers on a harrowing journey into every corner of Rikers—a failed society unto itself that reflects society’s failings as a whole.
 
Dr. Homer Venters was shocked by the screams on his first day working at Rikers: “They’re in solitary, just yelling . . . the yelling literally never stops.” After a few months, though, your ears adjust to the sounds. Nestor Eversley recalls how detainees made weapons from bones. Barry Campbell recalls hiding a razor blade in his mouth just in case.
 
These are visceral stories of despair, brutality, resilience, humor, and hope, told by the people who were marooned on the island over the course of decades. As calls to shutter jails and reduce the number of incarcerated people grow louder across the country, with the movement to close the island complex itself at the forefront, Rikers is a resounding lesson about the human consequences of the incarceration industry.

GÉNERO
No ficción
DISPONIBLE
2023
17 de enero
IDIOMA
EN
Inglés
EXTENSIÓN
464
Páginas
EDITORIAL
Random House Publishing Group
VENTAS
Penguin Random House LLC