The Mysterious Story of Gitano Cervantes

Vignettes of Life (and Death) under a Broken System of Criminal Justice

by Finbar Manghan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/10/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 468
ISBN : 9781480804425
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 468
ISBN : 9781480804418
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 468
ISBN : 9781480804401

About the Book

The United States imprisons more than two million men and women in federal prisons and city, county, and state jails. More than 150,000 individuals are incarcerated in each of the states of California and Texas. Calling attention to the flaws in the justice system, The Mysterious Story of Gitano Cervantes tells the stories of five men housed in Swest state units. Author Finbar Manghan, who has served as a volunteer chaplain in the prisons, looks at the cases of the five men who have been prison residents for a combined period of seventy years. Two are white, two are black, and one is Hispanic. Three of them claim to be innocent, while two admit their guilt; the sentences of the latter are such that they will almost certainly die in prison. One is innocent beyond any reasonable doubt. The experiences of all of them have been tragic. The Mysterious Story of Gitano Cervantes addresses a host of issues related to the men’s stories, including false imprisonment, medical mistreatment, misrepresentation of self due to life’s humiliations, mental harassment, medical bungling, and betrayal. Manghan reviews the court and prison experiences of these men and explores the need for reform throughout the criminal justice system in America.

About the Author

Finbar Manghan earned a doctorate in moral theology and an MBA. He taught at several universities before launching his banking career of more than twenty years. Manghan has written books on management ethics, contemporary biblical studies, and Christian social action. He and his wife have been state prison volunteers for more than eight years.