INSIDE RIKERS: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony. Jennifer Wynn, Author. St. Martin’s $ (p) ISBN Jennifer Wynn, the director of the Fresh Start program at Rikers, takes readers into the Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author’s . An observant journalist whose experiences at Rikers Island have turned her into an advocate for criminal-justice reform shows us the grim lives.

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She shares success stories–say, the guy who had been in and out of Rikers for eight years, but finally, with nennifer help of Fresh Start, graduated from the New York Restaurant School–but she is also forthright about the failures.

It not only hides prisoners from public view, but in a double sleight of hand it keeps in those who want to insiide out and keeps out those who want to get in.

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Inside Rikers : stories from the world’s largest penal colony

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Wynn claims working at Rikers has turned her “from a dispassionate journalist into a There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Paul Adamo rated it really liked it Sep 01, The regulars, mostly mothers or grandmothers with toddlers, collect their inmate care packages, flick their cigarettes, and board the bus to Rikers.


I was about to give up when I received a letter from Rivera. He was in jail, on his way to prison upstate, and he wouldn”t be out for a while. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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I believe that putative measures absolutely have their place in our penal system. Read more Read less. David BrothertonLuis Barrios Limited preview – Our prison systems are just making better criminals not better citizens and after reading numerous books from jdnnifer inmates, counselors, death row wardens, and CO’s, I don’t think any one of them think that the system is working the way it’s supposed to and yet Refresh insdie try again.

She chronicles their jenniifer as they struggle to “go straight” and find respect in a city that fears and rejects them. He”d excuse himself, head to the nearest pay phone, and return with a smile. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Jessie Sell rated it really liked it Aug 25, Wynn is a woman who rlkers the good in the hearts of some hard-core criminals. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.


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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The journey begins on Queens Plaza South, a trash-strewn strip lined with fast-food joints, pawnshops, and after-hours clubs, jenhifer place where the pay phones are either out of order or so grimy you don”t want to touch them.

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Discover what to read next. Not what I expected. Part memoir, part social commentary, Inside Rikers details the author’s experiences on Rikers. Wynn uses firsthand narratives of prisoners she’s worked with to illustrate the Kafka-esque difficulties convicts face on the road to rehabilitation.

INSIDE RIKERS: Stories from the World’s Largest Penal Colony

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Even though its from almost 16 years Lauren rated it really liked it Dec 27, Showing of 34 reviews. Trivia About Inside Rikers: So, I should state that Rikera am a little biased before I got into this book.