Leonard Orland provides a vivid look at the end of the line in the American legal system, where the rule of law gives way to the “correctional process.”
Prisons: House of Darkness reveals the lawlessness by which sentencing judges, prison authorities, and parole boards actually operate.
Orland shares an eye-opening history of prisons and an overview of daily prison routine from Attica to Soledad—much of it related in the inmates’ own words—which shatters the myth of rehabilitation and exposes the injustices of prison life.
Leonard Orland was a member of the Connecticut parole board and has studied prisons and parole in Europe and Asia. He is currently Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. His other books include Justice, Punishment, Treatment: The Correctional Process.