Thursday, June 13, 2013

Miranda v. Arizona: Books with Characters in Jail

If you watch crime shows, you can probably recite them without thinking about it

XXXXX, you are under arrest for XXXXXX. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.

On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court decided the case Miranda v. Arizona, which stated that everyone arrested must be told their rights in terms of counsel and self-incrimination.

To mark this landmark case, today we're looking at books where are in jail.


Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross. Ross spent years visiting juvenile detention centers, photographing inmates and learning their stories. This is the result. It's self-published, so can be hard to find.

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin. Kuklin interviews kids who are on death row, talking about how they ended up there and their lives in prison. She also talks to their families, who discuss what it's like having a loved on on death row.

Monster by Walter Dean Myers. The DA says Steve is a monster. Steve thinks he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He writes a movie script about the trial, telling his version of what happened.


Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon. When Antonio is sent to prison, he and his girlfriend continue to correspond in letters over the course of a decade.

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin. Cece and Mack are very different people who have found love, until Mack is sent away to prison and starts to push her away.

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy. Nikki and Dee are in true, deep love, so when someone gets murdered and Nikki's arrested, she won't testify against him, will she?

I know I'm missing a million titles on this list-- what are they?

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