John Wareham “How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart”

APPALACHIA GURU

Tuesday, my guest on Featuring the Arts was John Wareham, author of “How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart:  Secret Lives & Uncensored Confessions of Maximum Security Prison Inmates.” The book is a collection of works written by inmates recounting, in poetry, their moments since their crimes were committed.  

Many people might shun the very notion of criminals writing about their experiences. It might seem, at first glance, that they are being given a voice that perhaps they don’t deserve. But if we are to understand the “how and why” behind crime, this type of brutally raw writing is a window full of insights into the world of a criminal.  As violent crime has continued to rise in America, and inmates continue to be incarcerated, sometimes more than once, we have to ask ourselves the question, “How do we prevent crime?” 

It is a question very dear to…

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