Waiting Room (The Marshall Project), The

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Waiting Room (The Marshall Project), The

Waiting Room (The Marshall Project), The

By: Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve

series:Southside collection #3
audio performed by: Almarie Guerra
genre: Non-Fiction - Nonfiction
publication date:08/28/2018
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It’s easy to get lost in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, the size of seventy-two football fields. For many released into the harsh elements beyond the walls, it can be impossible to find their way home.

This haunting and powerful narrative reveals the intentionally disorienting tactics of the system and how the punishments meted out to prisoners, their families, and even innocent victims extend beyond the cages. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, the award-winning author of Crook Country, exposes the moral, spiritual, legal, and psychological wasteland—inside and out—of the nation’s largest jail.

Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve’s The Waiting Room is part of Southside, a collection of five true stories about racism and reform, crime and corruption, justice and injustice in Chicago—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning team at The Marshall Project. Each story can be read—or listened to—in a single sitting.