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Standing guard – ‘Barker House’

The notion of crime and punishment has long been a subject of artistic expression. Those who commit misdeeds and those tasked with exacting retribution for those misdeeds allow for a wealth of character and thematic exploration. A society’s treatment of those it imprisons often serves as an effective lens through which to view the rest of that society.

Those grand ideas writ small are what make up “Barker House” (Bloomsbury, $26), the debut novel-in-stories of David Moloney. Through a series of interconnected looks at some of the corrections officers at a New Hampshire prison over the course of one year on the job, Moloney explores some of the grim realities of mass incarceration. By delving into these people on an individual level, he assembles a broader and much more vivid picture of the system as a whole.

What makes this book compelling – and it really is compelling – are those extended character studies. We learn about these people and what makes them tick. We find out about the circumstances that landed them in this job and the motivations that keep them there. There are rookies and lifers, each with their own ideas about how this job works. Some seek to better the system, others are content to simply get along.

And all the while, the machine grinds on … and the prisoners are not the only grist for the mill.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:53

Husson University presents 'The Dhamma Brothers'

A look at meditation, the U.S. prison system and education

BANGOR - Husson University's School of Science and Humanities is proud to present The Dhamma Brothers, a dramatic documentary about teaching meditation in the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a high security prison in Alabama. The movie will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre. A short presentation will precede the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

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