Poet and professor writes of his time in lockup in new memoir
Poet, author, editor, translator, professor. These are the labels Ravi Shankar applies to himself.
"Man in trouble with the law" could also have been applied a few times in his life, and that's the story he tells in his latest book, Correctional: A Memoir. It details Shankar's stints in jail, including one that resulted in him suing the City of New York--and winning.
The criminal justice system, its overlap with the mental health system, and the power it holds over people are all up for discussion here.
The author joins us to follow some of the threads in a detailed story.