Infamous Prisons

by Joan Lock

All famous prisons have special features, stories of dramatic riots, exciting escapes, and heartrending stories lurking behind their dark walls. Alcatraz, perched dramatically on a rock in San Francisco Bay was supposedly "escape-proof" and yet several deadly prisoners broke free. New York's Sing Sing Correctional Facility became notorious for the 614 men and women executed in the electric chair. The English prison, Dartmoor, had menacing mists and swirling fogs, which made escape from this prison a terrible risk; while the peach-colored San Quentin, set on California's golden shores, contrasts with the darkness of its Death Row and the violence of its inmates. Mountjoy Prison figures prominently in Ireland's troubled past and its literature. The massive circular buildings of Stateville Penitentiary provide the best example of the once-revolutionary panoptic on prison design. Each title in this series contains a foreword from the Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Association, color photos throughout, charts, and back matter including: an index, chronology, and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field."


ISBN 978-1-4222-3475-4


ISBN 978-1-4222-8402-5
7 x 9 inches
96 pages

Part of the Series: Crime & Detection

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