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Maggots in My Sweet Potatoes by Susan Madden Lankford
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Mar 27, 12

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Read from March 19 to 27, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1
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I won a copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads Giveaways, in exchange for an honest review. So here we go...

When I first saw this book (on GoodReads), I though this was just going to be a gritty collection of photographs. What I got was far better!

The story is not only told with the photographs, but using the words of the women (and men) photographed, giving them a voice to tell their stories. It's a double impact which is very powerful.

Ms Lankford has gone beyond just presenting the shocking and tragic stories of inmates of a women’s jail, she backs up and reinforces the story with candid interviews from the staff of the prison system, lawyers, medical professionals and survivors. The result is a moving, balanced and emotional book which has totally changed my mind about justice and prison reform. (I was always very hard line - lock 'em up and leave em' to rot. Feeling a bit ashamed now. But crime still does need consequences! I've not gone soft.)

I have family and friends sniffing round my copy (which I am keeping!), so I have already ordered another copy as a gift. I am also rather keen to absorb more of Ms Lankford’s work.
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