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"They Always Call us Ladies": Stories From Prison
They Always Call us Ladies Stories From Prison Author:Jean Harris A collection of stories written by Jean Harris that sheds light on the lives of her fellow inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, showing who these women are, how they ended up in prison, and the treatment of women behind bars.
Jean Harris, who gained notoriety after she was convicted of the murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower in 1980 - in a case that became known as the "Scarsdale Diet Case" - had written two other books besides this one. She served eleven years of a fifteen-year-to-life sentence before her sentence was commuted by Governor Cuomo in December of 1992. She wrote "They Always Call us Ladies": Stories From Prison in order to highlight the state of the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester, New York as well as the state of the United States Prison System in general. Jean Harris passed away at an assisted-living center in New Haven, Connecticut on December 23, 2012 at the age of 89.
"They Always Call us Ladies": Stories From Prison was not quite what I expected when I picked up the book. Although it did eventually improve slightly about halfway through, I found that the majority of it was quite boring - filled with facts, figures and statistics that were written about in a dry and uninteresting way. I give this book a B+!