Jailhouse Lawyer

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI:
Jailhouse Lawyer

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Alaska did not have a prison of its own, so Edward Allen Mead and his co-defendants were turned over to the federal government, which placed him in the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Lompoc, California. FCI Lompoc urged self-control on its wards, prompting Mead's first interest in psychology. In the face of oppressive doctrine, prisoners' camaraderie formed around their most obvious common denominator: their criminality. Regardless of his feelings toward crime itself, Mead did not wish to return to prison. He was paroled on May 20, 1963, at twenty-one, and returned to Alaska, where he brooded on the injustice done to him by the criminal justice system. The incident that landed Mead back in prison began with an indulgence in a petty crime he had become accustomed to committing while living on the homestead: stealing a car. After skipping bail, Mead was rearrested and shipped to the federal detention center in Florence, Arizona. Since then, he had been in and out of prison for various offenses, including burglary.

Keywords: Edward Allen Mead; California; Federal Correctional Institution; psychology; crime; Arizona; Alaska; burglary; prison

Chapter.  3551 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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