Five Thousand Brothers-in-Law

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Shannon Hager worked for more than twenty years as a nurse in South Louisiana's prisons and jails, and on the streets and in the heath care systems of New Orleans. Her memoir, Five Thousand Brothers-in-Law: Love in Angola Prison: a memoir, reflects her multiple roles as a health care professional, a prison wife, and an activist fighting the criminal injustice system. Her deeply personal story begins at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola, and ends several years after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and its people. She has lived in Washington state since 2010.

Five Thousand Brothers-in-Law

Love in Angola Prison: a memoir

Authored by Shannon Hager

An inside look at an unjust system disguised as justice.

With more than two million people in the United States in some kind of penal system, lots of us have relationships with folks who are locked up.

In the Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola Prison, the prisoners call her Miss Nurse. She is hired to manage the infection control department. Every year she tests 5000 prisoners and 2000 employees for tuberculosis and runs an HIV/AIDS education and prevention program.

Big Kidd, a five-time felon doing life, is a respected prison leader and prisoner pastor. Breaking all the rules, Big Kidd and Miss Nurse fall in love. The harsh circumstances contrast with their new-found love. Deciding to follow her heart rather than her career in corrections, Miss Nurse resigns her job to become Mrs. Big Kidd.

Their story is woven with the threads of his dysfunctional family, the courts, the prisons, and the often-violent streets of New Orleans. The couple's love comes at a steep cost to each of them, but will it survive?

Publication Date:
0996469001 / 9780996469005
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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