Bon associates the criminal behavior of these young convicts with a dangerous lack of stability in their lives, a deficit that originates in earlier experiences, beyond their control, with "homelessness, recent immigration, poverty, fractured families, and an inadequate social safety net" (147). Perhaps more importantly, recent debates about the ideological and political liabilities of incarceration - debates triggered by the Abu-Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, the battle over the future relevance of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and the brief, but highly mediatized imprisonment (and subsequent release) of American journalists in North Korea and French students in Iran - signal just how pertinent critical, first-person accounts of imprisonment are today.
Jail Sentences: Representing Prison in Twentieth-Century French Fiction Ari J Blatt French Forum; Spring 2009; 34, 2; Docstoc pg. 154 Reprodu
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