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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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Do the Crime, Do the Time

Do the Crime, Do the Time

(p.98) 19 Do the Crime, Do the Time
The Rat That Got Away


Mark Naison

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes Allen Jones's time inside The Tombs. The night he spent in that jailhouse was the longest of his life. He was locked inside a cell with ten or twelve men, some of them pretty desperate looking and all of them claiming to be innocent. Some were sober, but most were drunk or high on drugs. The next morning arrived, at last, and they transported them to Rikers Island early. Rikers is the prison where people awaiting trial in New York City are held until they are freed or convicted and sent upstate. The sun was shining that morning, and as he saw The Rock from a distance, it looked like a school. As they rode through the streets to get to the bridge that would take them to the prison, Jones looked at all the people going about their business and he yearned to be like them, free to be in the everyday world.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, The Tombs, jailhouse, Rikers Island, New York City, The Rock

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