Sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller writes about the aftereffects of mass incarceration in his new book, Halfway Home. The book is based on 15 years of research in which he followed the lives of about 250 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women, and spoke with their family and friends.
The cable network presents two drama series this Sunday -- series at different ends of their life spans. In its eight and final season Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, is worth sticking with, while Ray Donovan, starring Live Schreiber unveils its very impressive first episode.
Edward Bunker died Tuesday at age 71 of complications from diabetes. He went to San Quentin prison at age 17 and was their youngest inmate. While incarcerated, Bunker wrote the crime fiction classic No Beast So Fierce. He also acted in more than 20 films, including Reservoir Dogs. This story was originally broadcast on July 12, 1993.
Actor Charles Dutton. Dutton was the star of the sit com Roc. Recently, he was featured on the HBO prison series OZ. His new film is Random Hearts. He has received Tony nominations for his performances in August Wilson's plays The Piano Lesson, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. He's a graduate of Yale Drama School, but he discovered acting at Maryland State Penitentiary where he spent seven and a half years. (REBROADCAST from 2/04/92)
Joyce Dixson co-founded "Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated" a group which helps children whose parents are in prison. Dixson served seventeen years in prison after being convicted of shooting her husband. She left two children behind when she went to prison in 1976. She later became the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan while incarcerated. Dixson's sentence was reduced, and she was released from prison in 1993. She went directly to the University of Michigan and earned a master's degree in social work.