This book is not a study of penology except as it relates to three topics. The primary focus is on one inmate, Rickie Smith, who was described in court and elsewhere as ‘the most violent man in Texas Prison’. Another way to say it is he’s the worst of a hundred thousand convicts. He went in on a ten-year drug charge and could have gotten out in a few years.
Real Prison Real Freedom brought to my attention the effects of broken homes and violent communities on children. It exposes the popularity of vices among young adults—who are, mostly, left on their own—and the continuation and propagation of criminal acts in prisons. A major question came to mind: how effective is the United States' prison system since many people have been known to become even more dangerous in prison?