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Senator Jeff Smith Mr Smith Goes To Prison

September 13, 201515 min
The fall from politico to prisoner isn't necessarily long, but the landing, as Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith learned, is a hard one. In 2009, Smith plead guilty to a charge related to seemingly minor campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in Kentucky's FCI Manchester. MR. SMITH GOES TO PRISON: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America's Prison Crisis (St. Martin’s Press; September 1; $25.99) is the fish-out-of-water story of Jeff’s time in the big house—of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmate Big C and his pals in the Aryan Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who's allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you're a prisoner or correctional officer. America leads the world in incarceration with 2.2 million people locked up and 2 of every 3 prisoners re-offend. Throughout his sentence, Smith tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human

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