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Books Available: The Penitentiary in Crisis: From Accomodation to Riot in NM

The author is a former New Mexico assistant attorney general who was involved in investigating the causes and effects of the Santa Fe prison riot in 1980. The book takes a fairly objective analysis of the rise of the American prison movement in the 60's and 70's and how this affected the New Mexico prison system. The prison struggle is put into a historical context of the upheavals then affecting society and how this impacted the New Mexican prison population. While a bit long winded at times the book gives a graphic account of the events leading up to the riot and the riot itself. Given the current tendency towards Atough on prisoners laws, this book gives a good account of where such polices have led in the past. Cost: $19.95 (hardback), available from State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY. 12246.

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