“AMERICANS INVENTED PRISONS BECAUSE OF A HUMANITARIAN IMPULSE. THEY MAINTAIN THEM TODAY OUT OF FEAR AND THE URGE TO PUNISH”
HOFFMAN, Ethan and MCCOY, John. Concrete Mama. Prison Profiles from Walla Walla. Columbia and London: University of Missouri, 1981. Oblong quarto, original beige cloth, original dust jacket. $300.
First edition of this photographic and textual examination of prison life at Walla Walla.
This work traces the lives of ten inmates, one visitor, and one corrections officer and recounts their experiences in Walla Walla through black-and-white photographs by Ethan Hoffman and commentary and interviews by newspaper reporter John McCoy. Faint label residue to front pastedown.
A fine copy.