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Pine Box Parole
Terry Fitzsimmons and the Quest to End Solitary Confinement & Other True Cases
By (author): John L. Hill Foreword by: Raphael Rowe Afterword by: Keramet Reiter
John L. Hill ,

Foreword by :

Raphael Rowe ,

Afterword by :

Keramet Reiter

Imprint:

Durvile - Calgary

ISBN:

9781988824857

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Sep 01, 2022
$32.50 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 0.75 in | 500 gr

Page Count:

288 pages

Illustrations:

10 B&W illustrations
Durvile Publications
Durvile
TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
True crime: serial killers and murderers

“Terry Fitzsimmons and the Quest for an End to Solitary Confinement” is the basis for a TV series currently in development.

Pine Box Parole begins with convicted murderer Terry Fitzsimmons hanging himself in Kingston Penitentiary. Subsequent chapters delve into the killer’s background and describe the senseless killings upon which he embarks after spending years in solitary confinement. Prison lawyer John L Hill, attempts to defend Fitzsimmons by putting the blame on the prison system for creating a monster. Part II of the book contains searing stories of five of Hill’s imprisoned clients, including the, ‘natural born killer’ Clifford Olson, and Inderjit Sigh Reyat, the only person to be convicted of the bombing Air India Flight 182.

The foreword is by Raphael Rowe, whose career as an investigative journalist and television host was born as a result of spending 12 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. The afterword is by Keramet Reiter a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine.

John L. Hill is a Canadian lawyer who defends criminals and penitentiary inmates. He is also a citizen who wants to live in a safe community where the law is fairly, impartially, and humanely applied. Hill is a triple graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and also holds an Honours B.A. and M.A. in political science and a J.D. from the School of Law. He earned an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law school in Toronto. He has lectured internationally on prison law topics at conferences of the International Association of Psychiatry and the Law. Now retired from practice, Hill writes op-ed columns for The Lawyer’s Daily on prison law topics.

The foreword is by Raphael Rowe, whose career as an investigative journalist and television host was born as a result of spending 12 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. The afterword is by Keramet Reiter a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine.

The quest described in this story is based on a desire to end the imposition of solitary confinement as a means of punishment. It is a story of one man’s efforts to bring the ground-breaking research of psychiatrists like Dr. Stuart Grassian to the attention of the courts. — Raphael Rowe, author of Notorious and host of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

The story is one that desperately needs confronting as Canada and the United States grapple with the collateral consequences of overusing solitary confinement at the deepest end of the criminal justice system.— Prof. Keramet Reiter, from the Afterword

Pine Box Parole gives a voice to the innumerable prisoners—no, people—who have suffered immensely at the hands of the Correctional authorities. Media is awash with simplified narratives of crime and too few of us are thinking critically about the correctional system as an institution. In Pine Box Parole, Hill takes a massive step towards balancing the dialogue. A must read for all concerned with justice. —Jeffrey Hartman, Prison Rights Lawyer

Part Ronan Farrow, part Truman Capote, lawyer/author John Hill recounts the riveting and sadly true story of a broken man battling a correctional system that seems to wage a personal vendetta against him. And while Pine Box Parole is a stinging indictment of one country’s inhumane treatment of its most vulnerable, Hill’s storytelling chops make it ripe for Netflix.— Peter Carter, Analysis Editor, The Lawyer’s Daily

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