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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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Safety and Survival in My New Kentucky Home

Safety and Survival in My New Kentucky Home

(p.277) Chapter Fourteen Safety and Survival in My New Kentucky Home

Bruce Dancis

Cornell University Press

The author recounts his experience inside the Federal Youth Center in Ashland, Kentucky in 1969. He first talks about his time at the Onondaga County Jail before he was transferred to the federal youth prison in Ashland. He then provides an overview of the prison and the issue of homosexuality involving inmates. He also discusses his encounter with sexual pressure inside the prison, the tension between “hillbillies” and “hippies” and between hillbillies and blacks, the kinds of crimes and punishments of the inmates, inmate labor, and the vocational and educational programs at Ashland. Finally, he reflects on his relationship with his caseworker named Mr. Jones, how he almost got into a fight inside the prison, and his participation in the throwing of garbage, locks, and other objects in the direction of a guard whom the inmates despised just as the local radio station started playing Elvis Presley’s hit song “Hound Dog.”

Keywords:   hippies, Federal Youth Center, Kentucky, homosexuality, hillbillies, blacks, crimes, punishments, inmate labor, Elvis Presley

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