The True Story of Survival and Loss against Corruption, the COVID-19 Disaster inside of San Quentin, and the Dumpster Fire that is Known as Mass Incarceration
A Captivating Tale
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Book Review by Geoff Carter, The Uk Talk Radio breakfast show presenter and CEO
“Infectious Injustice” by Justin Cook: A Triumph of the Human Spirit Amidst Darkness
“Infectious Injustice: The True Story of Survival and Loss against Corruption, the COVID-19 Disaster inside of San Quentin, and the Dumpster Fire that is Known as Mass Incarceration” is a compelling and harrowing journey through the depths of despair, resilience, and human spirit. In this powerful memoir, Justin Cook takes us into the heart of the darkness, painting a vivid and unflinching picture of his nearly two-year-long incarceration in the infamous San Quentin prison.
Cook, a man who once lived a successful life in Silicon Valley, finds himself abruptly thrust into a treacherous world where survival becomes a daily battle. San Quentin is a place teeming with murderers, serial killers, betrayal, and the ever-present threat of COVID-19. It’s a world where one’s humanity is tested at every turn, and Justin’s narrative provides a secret preview into this hellish realm.
What sets “Infectious Injustice” apart is Justin’s ability to challenge the stereotypes that often dehumanize prisoners. He defies the notion that inmates are somehow less than human, that law enforcement is infallible, and that the U.S. incarceration system is functioning as it should. Through his words, we are transported into the very cells where he and his fellow inmates grapple with hunger strikes, malnutrition, panic, and pandemonium.
Cook’s storytelling is a remarkable blend of comedic banter and a stoic sense of realism. He doesn’t sugarcoat the horrors he and his fellow inmates endure, yet he finds moments of levity amidst the darkness. This balance adds depth and authenticity to his narrative, making it even more captivating.
The heart of the story lies in the wake of a nationally publicized disaster, where thirty lives were lost in a brief span within the prison due to COVID-19. Cook describes how these sick and dying men, stripped of their dignity, banded together to form a brotherhood that defied all odds. It’s a testament to the endurance of the human spirit, an inspiring example of loyalty, respect, and the resilience of those who, against all odds, find strength within themselves and their community.
“Infectious Injustice” is not just a gripping tale of survival; it’s a searing exposé of the dark underbelly of the U.S. incarceration system. It’s a solo journey through addiction, loss, corruption, oppression, racism, and fear, and it’s a compelling argument against the fallacy of rehabilitation within the confines of prison walls.
Prepare to be engrossed in this captivating and utterly enthralling saga. Justin Cook’s “Infectious Injustice” is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human capacity to endure, evolve, and ultimately triumph over the most challenging of circumstances.
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