Dreams from the monster factory: a tale of prison, redemption, and one woman's fight to restore justice to all

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Scribner,
Pub. Date:
[2009]
Language:
English
Description
Dreams from the Monster Factory tells the true story of Sunny Schwartz's extraordinary work in the criminal justice system and how her profound belief in people's ability to change is transforming the San Francisco jails and the criminals incarcerated there. With an immediacy made possible by a twenty-seven-year career, Schwartz immerses the reader in the troubling and complex realities of U.S. jails, the monster factories -- places that foster violence, rage and, ultimately, better criminals. But by working in the monster factories, Schwartz also discovered her dream of a criminal justice system that empowers victims and reforms criminals.

Charismatic and deeply compassionate, Sunny Schwartz grew up on Chicago's south side in the 1960s. She fought with her family, struggled through school and floundered as she tried to make something of herself. Bucking expectations of failure, she applied to a law school that didn't require a college degree, passed the bar and began her life's work in the criminal justice system. Eventually she grew disheartened by the broken, inflexible system, but instead of quitting, she reinvented it, making jail a place that could change people for the better.

In 1997, Sunny launched the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP), a groundbreaking program for the San Francisco Sheriff 's Department. RSVP, which has cut recidivism for violent rearrests by up to 80 percent, brings together victims and offenders in a unique correctional program that empowers victims and requires offenders to take true responsibility for their actions and eliminate their violent behavior.

Sunny Schwartz's faith in humanity, her compassion and her vision are inspiring. In Dreams from the Monster Factory she goes beyond statistics and sensational portrayals of prison life to offer an intimate, harrowing and revelatory chronicle of crime, punishment and, ultimately, redemption.

More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9781416569817
Also in This Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID978f5f99-3246-1fb0-103f-367ab206a1d7
Grouping Titledreams from the monster factory a tale of prison redemption and one womans fight to restore justice
Grouping Authorschwartz sunny
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-01-12 02:07:08AM
Last Indexed2020-01-25 04:44:54AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Boodell, David.
authorSchwartz, Sunny, 1954-
author2-roleBoodell, David.
author_displaySchwartz, Sunny
available_at_arlingtonColumbia Pike
collection_arlingtonAdult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlingtonBook
format_category_arlingtonBooks
id978f5f99-3246-1fb0-103f-367ab206a1d7
isbn9781416569817
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b13037833.i1380067xColumbia Pike Adult Nonfiction365.92 SCHWA1falsefalseOn ShelfJan 11, 2020oan
itype_arlingtonHardback
last_indexed2020-01-25T09:44:54.165Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington365.92 SCHWA
owning_library_arlingtonArlington Public Library
Aurora Hills
Central
Cherrydale
Columbia Pike
Connection Crystal City
Detention Center
Glencarlyn
Local History
Plaza
Shirlington
Westover
owning_location_arlingtonColumbia Pike
primary_isbn9781416569817
publishDate2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b13037833BookBooksEnglishScribner, [2009]xiii, 204 pages ; 24.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_arlington
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b13037833.i1380067xOn ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
subject_facetCriminals -- Rehabilitation -- California -- San Francisco
Prison reformers -- California -- San Francisco
Prisons -- California -- San Francisco
title_displayDreams from the monster factory : a tale of prison, redemption, and one woman's fight to restore justice to all
title_fullDreams from the monster factory : a tale of prison, redemption, and one woman's fight to restore justice to all / Sunny Schwartz with David Boodell
title_shortDreams from the monster factory
title_suba tale of prison, redemption, and one woman's fight to restore justice to all