His white state boxers are still bright with blood. It is a sound that I know will take up permanent residence in my repertoire of nightmares. Lerner spent three years in Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City for killing a man in a Reno hotel room in , according to the state Department of Corrections.
His book was written on scraps of paper and in the margins of pages torn out of the Bible and mailed out every day to a friend for safekeeping until his release and their subsequent merger into literary form. The book may have saved his mind. That immediacy lent itself to an active, always-moving voice, perfect for this book, which never gives in to the urge to sermonize. Sure, there are literacy courses, classes provided by the community college and classes to obtain general-equivalency diplomas. But rehab?
Guess again. Possibly a memory of programming. This is distasteful. He has heard this before. I think not. We have many programs, a diverse offering, solid programs. They are simply temporarily abeyed, pending funding approval. I thought they were all canceled over five years ago. Abeyed, perhaps, even delayed, but hardly canceled. Also nonexistent, according to Lerner, is job training. And Prison Industries, Lerner says, is not job training. Taken to a penitentiary in the Nevada desert to serve a twelve-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter, this previously nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn ends up sharing a claustrophobic cell with Kansas, a hugely muscled skinhead with a swastika tattooed on his neck and a serious set of issues.
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