Mitchel P. Roth is professor of criminal justice and criminology at Sam Houston State University. The author of more than twenty books, he has appeared or been featured on the Travel Channel, CNN, Fox, Al Jazeera, the History Channel, PBS, and other media programs. He is currently writing a history of the world’s prison gangs.
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Roth explores the lives of prisoners and others as well as the political and social circumstances of the Ohio Penitentiary Fire in this first comprehensive account of a tragedy whose circumstances—violent unrest, overcrowding, poorly trained and underpaid guards, unsanitary conditions, inadequate food—will be familiar to prison watchdogs today.