In the book, it is shown that most Americans have never seen the inside of prisons, although shows such as LockUp, unrealistic though they may be, at least give people a glimpse of some of the realities of prison life.
Yet, it remains true that most of what goes on behind prison walls is completely unknown. Part of this is owing to the fact that the news media tend not to cover stories like this one:
Did you know prisoners in North Carolina had launched a hunger strike? Neither did I. Because it is not in the news, and the news is where we go for information.
This is just another example of the news media not doing its job. And since we are paying for incarceration, it is our business what goes on there.