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When Prison Is a Refuge, America's Messed Up

Pat Kinsella for The Chronicle Review

December 02, 2013 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

"Prison saved my life."

Fifty-year old Robert says this earnestly, and I nod. I've heard this often from people who have been recently released from correctional institutions. I wait for him to tell me what prison saved him from.

"I was homeless at...

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