by Jimmy Santiago Baca

is in prison - tells how even though he is on American soil, in America, he is displaced because he is alienated from his country, he’s

the narrative shifts from third person (1–3) to first person (4–5) before finally reverting to third person in the sixth.

expected reformation but it was just punishment


describes the experience of prison inmates, how negligence and exploitation destroys hope for rehabilitation and improvement


Title is an oxymoron Likens the immigration process to the process prisoners undergo when they arrive at the facility

given new clothesgiven new clothes
ethnic segregationethnic and racial segregation
might have skills but are usually forced to do menial labourforced to do labour
alienated from family, friendsalienated from society