By K. S.
I have just finished reading the book Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp by Pyerse Dandridge, and I have to tell you, my first thought was, “wow.”
I want to start my review by stating I’m a university professor at California State University in Sacramento, which is where Pyerse received his bachelors degree in English.
Although I never had the opportunity to meet Pyerse while he was a student, I will be asking him to visit my classes as a guest speaker because of how impressed I was with his book.
Pyerse’s story of being incarcerated at a federal prison camp has captured the heart and soul of what it’s like to be a prisoner, however, Pyerse wasn’t your “typical” violent prisoner with a long criminal history, which was one of the reasons I was looking forward to reading his book with anticipation.
Pyerse’s book is written from the first-person perspective, which gives the reader an opportunity to join him on his federal prison journey, from day one to his time of reintegration to society.
The way Pyerse wrote his book was like a “soup to nuts” on the day-in and day-out of prison life from the inmate’s perspective in a gritty reality, to include not only what he did to pass time in prison, but how prison took it’s toll on him psychologically as well.
In reading Pyerse’s book, a reader is likely to take away the fact that not everyone is the “typical” violent prisoner, good people can make poor decisions, and if sentenced to prison, it doesn’t have to be the “end” of your life.
Pyerse decided to approach being incarcerated in federal prison in a positive manner, thus he emerged back into society able to function, whereas so many people fail and fall back into the system again and again.