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In the belly of the beast

(Gus Wezerek/Globe Staff)
By KATHAR INE WHITTEMORE
Globe Correspondent / November 13, 2011

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In this week’s Please Discuss column Katharine Whittemore takes a look at four books on prisons: “Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America’s Prisons’’ by former Reuters national correspondent Alan Elsner; “Are Prisons Obsolete?’’ by antiprison activist and 1970s political radical Angela Y. Davis; Malcolm Braly’s 1967 classic novel on life behind bars, “On the Yard’’; and “Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing,’’ writer Ted Conover’s memoir of his year as a prison guard.

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