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Unusual Punishment; Inside the Walla Walla Prison, 1970 - 1985.

Christopher Murray; UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT; Washington State University Press (Nonfiction: Social Science) 22.95 ISBN: 9780874223392

Byline: Matt Sutherland

More than a few motion pictures have captivated audiences with the image of a villainous, all-powerful prison warden and, in many cases in our nation's history of incarceration, the caricature was accurate. But beginning around 1970, all that began to change when riots, legal challenges, unions, drug use, and other factors undermined the authority of autonomous, unaccountable prison systems. This compelling book details the bizarre story of the Washington State Penitentiary's disastrous efforts at liberal reform in the seventies. Yes, the inmates ruled the roost until a descent into total deadly chaos moved things back in the other direction.

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Author:Sutherland, Matt
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Date:May 27, 2016
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