Unusual Punishment

  • by Christopher Murray
  • Narrated by John N Gully
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Unusual Punishment details the explosive story of failed reform at one Washington State penitentiary as well as the complex, challenging, and painful path back from chaos.
The book is published by Washington State University Press.

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Very Thorough and Accurate Account

Christopher Murray has done a superb job investigating the history of the Washington State Penitentiary and the individuals involved. I felt the reporting was balanced and fair, making sure to get multiple accounts of events from incarcerated individuals, correctional officers, local administrators, and administrators/politicians in Olympia.

I do have to admit, I am the daughter of one of the individuals mentioned in this book. I was born only eight days after the death of Sgt. Cross. Although I have heard these stories many times, I was still riveted by Mr. Gully's narration and got lost in the telling of the Saturday Night Live riot. I forgot I knew how the story ends and my body tensed as I wondered if my dad was going to be okay.

I enjoyed John N Gully's narration. He annunciates his words with precision and I never had to rewind because I didn't understand. My only criticism is the way he pronounces the word, "superintendent." It's petty, I know. I just thought it was weird.

I absolutely recommend this book. I don't know why it hasn't been made into a movie yet.

I would recommend this book to anybody interested in prison reform, criminal justice, social justice, history, or politics.
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- Erin

Well done!

This is a fantastic book by Christopher Murray and it's complimented perfectly by John N Gully's performance. A must-read (listen) for sure!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks