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Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B017LEJYV8
- Publisher : W & B Publishers (4 November 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1084 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1942981414
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As Caroline points out so poignantly, it is easy for those outside impenetrable prison walls to forget the thousands of humans incarcerated inside. It is even easier to be indifferent and apathetical with the easy excuse that the “bad guys” are inside and the “good guys” are outside.
Boonie Hat Bandit Keith Giammanco takes full responsibility and blame for the twelve bank robberies that put him behind those walls. He was polite, non-violent, and unarmed. He was also a broke single parent providing for two daughters.
What Caroline and Keith want people who read “Bank Notes” to realize is that miscarriages of justice exist: the rich can buy their way out of the prison system, but the poor who are unable to afford their own attorneys are put on an assembly line to incarceration. After all; state-provided defense attorneys for those who can’t afford to hire their own attorney get their paychecks from the same source as do the prosecutors, are friends with the prosecutors, and sometimes even share the same office space.
In Keith’s case, his Constitutional rights were violated. He was tried twice for the same crime and he was denied access to a speedy trial because the State of Missouri was determined to add to his sentence after he was convicted and sentenced in federal court.
Bank Notes is an incredible and incredibly true account of what it is like behind prison walls, how some people get there, and why they are destined to stay – regardless, sometimes, of guilt or innocence.
For anyone who reads Bank Notes and feels compelled to join the push for prison reform, Caroline provides links and ideas, as well as a recap of her legislative fight for reform.
As it turns out, Keith never responded, and I eventually found another story to write. Wanting to get reviews and advance orders for my upcoming book before its release, I advertised in some different publications marketed towards the book industry. While reviewing my ad in one of those publications, I spotted a book with the title Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit. I purchased the Kindle version that day (just $2.99).
Keith's ultimate sentence far outweighs the crime. He didn't use a weapon. He never threatened a teller. He was a first time offender. His lawyers wanted him to agree to a twenty-year sentence after he had already received a six-year sentence in the federal court system. The whole mess was so confusing that I can't tell you how many years he received. But I believe that it's at least twenty-five years. Child molesters get less time. Convicted murderers get less time.
While incarcerated, Keith meets Caroline, a teacher who teaches at the prison. They eventually form a relationship, and the story takes a turn. Along the way, Keith and Caroline cover numerous topics such as prison overcrowding, mass incarceration, mandatory sentencing, rehabilitation or the lack of it, the importance of hope, prison relationships between inmates and staff, and the warped politics behind many of these issues.
At no time does Keith blame others for the poor decisions that led to his incarceration. He takes full responsibility. He has paid greatly for those mistakes. His daughters have paid greatly. This book is an unflinching look at why we need reforms in the criminal justice system. Caroline is working tirelessly at getting legislation passed to reduce the time inmates must serve of their sentence – currently 85%. Some will say that she is doing this for selfish reasons. Some will argue that this book was written for financial gain and that Keith deserves his sentence and should not benefit in any way. I am on Keith's side in this battle. He has exposed the ugly truth.