Miracle at Sing Sing by Ralph Blumenthal
How One Man Transformed the Lives of America's Most Dangerous Prisoners

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In 1919, Lewis E. Lawes moved his wife and young daughters into the warden's mansion at Sing Sing prison. They shared a yard with 1,096 of the toughest inmates in the world-murderers, rapists, and thieves who Lawes alone believed capable of redemption. Adamantly opposed to the death penalty, Lawes presided over 300 executions. His progressive ideas shocked many, but he taught the nation that a prison was a community. He allowed a kidnapper to care for his children and a cutthroat to shave him every morning. He organized legendary football games for his "boys," and befriended Hollywood greats such as Charlie Chaplin and Humphrey Bogart. This is "A story almost too good to be true, but too true to miss." -Mario Cuomo


About Ralph Blumenthal

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Ralph Blumenthal is a longtime investigative reporter at the "New York Times," who now heads the Houston Bureau covering Texas and the southwest. He is also the author of "Stork Club," He received a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on this book. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Published May 15, 2005 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crime. Non-fiction

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In his 22 years as warden of Sing Sing prison through the 1920s and 1930s Lewis Edward Lawes oversaw the execution of more than 300 inmates.

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