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Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time (SIGNED)

Lankford, Susan Madden

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ISBN 10: 0979236606 / ISBN 13: 9780979236600
Published by Humane Exposures Publishing, 2008
Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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SIGNED and inscribed on title page by Susan Madden Lankford. Illustrated with 326 black and white photographs of jails, the jailed and the jailors. Tight, clean and crisp. A hint of shelf wear to wrap with slight rubbing to corner, otherwise fine. A gently read book in excellent condition. ; Oblong 4to; 284 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 12241

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Title: Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing ...

Publisher: Humane Exposures Publishing

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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MAGGOTS IN MY SWEET POTATOES: Women Doing Time is an in-depth and illuminating look at the lives of incarcerated women. Photojournalist Susan Madden Lankford thought-provokingly explores the kaleidoscope of alienation, personal despair, desperation, and fragile hopes of women caught up in the state's zeal for incarceration. Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time is the product of more than two years of photographing and interviewing inmates and correctional staff at a more-or-less typical women's jail in the United States. Her flesh- and-blood images of life behind the concrete and steel facilities that house these women present us with a cogent portrait of diffused lives, and a reflective glimpse of emotional and physical institutionalization. We hear not only the frank and graphic voices of both the jailed and the jailers, but also from rehabilitation counselors, attorneys, judges, medical professionals and psychiatrists. Their experiences and insights into the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population give new meaning to the slogan No Child Left Behind.

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Photojournalist Susan Madden Lankford has, in her own words, always been interested in incarceration and confinement, but she found her true subject when a homeless man challenged her to learn from the homeless themselves what life is like on the streets and in jail. No longer could I photograph the places without the people in them. I had to fill the image with society s reality and not my imagination. This book is the result of her intense two-year involvement with inmates and jailers at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in San Diego County, California. Lankford s book, based on taped conversations with inmates and jailers, intimate and disturbing photographs of the day-to-day lives of women prisoners, and insightful comments from professionals in the field, should be required reading for anyone who has ever considered running afoul of the law. The photographs and text are compelling, but one wants to look away to forget that these women, so like the ones that might be found at the supermarket or at the mall, are incarcerated and awaiting sentencing. Some will get the death sentence; some, because of long-term drug use, will never know what it feels like to have normal thoughts or lives; some have given birth while jailed and chained to a bed, and have had their babies taken from them to be raised by others; almost none have any hope of ever getting out of the criminal justice system before they die. The author asks readers to look with her at these ruined lives and join the search for solutions to the problems that usually begin in childhood. Lankford has a bachelor s degree from the University of Nebraska and has done postgraduate studies in photography; she has studied at Ansel Adams workshops in Yosemite and Carmel as well as with other legends of photography including Roy DeCarava, Paul Caponigro, Richard Misrach, and Ruth Bernhard. She has photographed in wildlife habitats in the American wilderness, as well as on the nation s streets, and in the women s detention center, where her openness and listening skills helped her to gain the trust of the homeless and the incarcerated. This excellent and disturbing book is the first in a planned photojournalistic trilogy; the next two books will examine the plight of the homeless, and the problems of children in the juvenile justice system. --Foreword Magazine, September 2008

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