Five to Fifteen by Denise Sassoon. Prison literature is an actual genre – something I am sure none of us knew existed before this course – its presence a sad commentary on our society since unfortunately, one of America’s legacies is its propensity for injustice – a fact well exemplified in the many accounts published in this specific genre.
Read Solitary’s Epilogue.
[1] select a sentence from the Epilogue to use as the title of your Paper;
[2] based on your designated chapter and your two classmates’ related chapters do you think these chapters represent Woodfox’s autobiography as primarily [informational] [inspirational] [a cautionary tale] [a comment on America’s judicial system] [a human tragedy] [a specific lesson in resilience] [a measure of hope] [a measure of despair];
[3] Select a review to agree/disagree with in terms of an opinion expressed in the review; [The Reviews are in November Assignments]
[4] Is there evidence of change or a possibility of change in the country’s — or our City’s — penal system based on an item you selected to examine in the supplemental readings?
Solitary by Albert Woodfox BOOK REVIEW
The New York Times March, 2019
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Solitary by Albert Woodfox BOOK REVIEW
NPR/WNYC March, 2019
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Solitary by Albert Woodfox BOOK REVIEW
Chicago Tribune/Washington Post March, 2019
Summary of chapter 42 and 43
Chapter 42 is about how the King left the beast’s belly, while chapter 43 discusses how torture occurred at camp J. Chapter 42 starts by highlighting news about King being granted a new trial by the panel of the three judges. Chapter 43 shows the unbearable torture that Herman underwent while in prison. This paper discusses more details of chapters 42 and 43.
In chapter 42, Chris, who represented the King in his case, with the supporters of the ‘Angola 3′ made sure that King was released from the prison. The court ruling stated that the King was innocent, and there has been an unfair ruling that has been committed in the entire of his trial. King had been wrongfully accused of murdering Kelly. At long last, the murder that made the King charged with killing admitted that King was innocent and lied to court due to authorities’ pressure.
The writer and Herman urged the King to take the plea and go home. But King seemed to be adamant about getting freedom and leaving his friends behind. Later on, he agreed to have his space after his two friends told him that if one of them is free, it feels like all of them have been freed. After being released from prison, King did not follow his ambitions but did something else that did not please his friends. He met grassroots supporters of the Angola three and traveled to different places addressing the issue of solitary confinement facing Herman and the author. King also was keen on finding ways of helping other people who had loved ones locked in prisons through wrong accusations.
Chapter 43 starts by showing how Magistrate Judge Docia supported the unusual punishment of the people in prison. Herman was not in the cell when the guard found a handmade handcuff key in his place. That made him be put in a dungeon for some time and later was brought before the disciplinary committee and denied having committed such a crime. He was then charged to be sentenced at camp J for six months.
Before being taken to the camp, he was put in a dungeon for 30 days and addressed his issue to the author that he was being tortured mentally. After 30 days, he was taken to level 1 of camp J, where he was to stay for 30 days before going to level 2. Herman was not moved to the next level after 30 days but remained in level 1. The torture that Herman experienced in camp J was intense and affected the author as well.

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