American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment By Shane Bauer Penguin Books Paperback $18.00 (Previously in Hardcover) ©2018 Nonfiction 351 Pages Many people in the United States first heard of Shane Bauer in 2009, when he and two other Americans, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, were arrested on false charges of spying on Iran.  They were held for more than two years before the U.S. State Department secured their release. All three Americans who were subjected to that trauma co-authored a memoir and wrote about their experience in Mother Jones Magazine.  However, Shane Bauer had a continuing … Continue reading American Prison by Shane Bauer (Book Review)

Cameron Douglas Released From Prison

Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Most of us know decent people who have abused drugs. Some of those people have done inexcusable things when they’re under the influence or desperate for a fix, though.  Relationships are ruined, and in the most extreme situations someone gets killed. That said, I hope our society in general will seek answers other than prison. We can’t excuse a parent who allows a dealer to rape his or her child, and that probably happens more often than we hear. In those cases, the child can’t feel … Continue reading Cameron Douglas Released From Prison