Título: The Abandoned Ones: Imprisonment and ...
Editorial: Northeastern University Press
Año de publicación: 1995
Condición del libro: Fair
The Cubans who embarked en masse for the U.S. after 1980 were initially welcomed. However, in the wake of media-fueled rumors that Castro was using the exodus to empty prisons, a select group was detained by the INS on the basis of its "hardened" appearance. Mark S. Hamm gives an in-depth, hard-hitting analysis of the 1987 Oakdale and Atlanta prison riots, during which several thousand Cubans rebelled after seven years of detention by the INS without due process.From Booklist:
According to Indiana State University criminology professor Hamm, U.S. government lies, greed, and stupidity produced the riots by Mariel boat-lift Cuban detainees at the Atlanta and Oakdale, Louisiana, federal prisons in 1987. A veteran of Arizona's prison system, Hamm trained and led a team of students who served in the late '80s as release-hearing legal representatives for Cuban detainees moved from Atlanta and Oakdale to the Terre Haute, Indiana, penitentiary. Hamm argues here that Ronald Reagan's rhetoric, Ed Meese's venality, and the politicized incompetence of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service created the powder keg that exploded in late 1987 with the announcement that Cuba would take back 2,543 Marielitos and prolonged the Oakdale and Atlanta standoffs. Official lies about repression inside Cuba were matched by lies about detainees' "criminality" ; Hamm found they were "nonviolent criminals (in Cuba), the disadvantaged, petty criminals (in the U.S.), and the doubly punished." U.S. Bureau of Prisons officials win Hamm's praise for restraint; virtually all other agencies involved either participated in or failed to short-circuit what Hamm calls the "politics of cruelty" that controlled the Cuban detainees' lives both before and after the riots. A devastating narrative of homegrown human rights violations. Mary Carroll
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