Jails and Prisons

Baltimore crime figure who inspired Cutty on 'The Wire' writes novel based on his experiences in prison

Baltimore crime figure who inspired Cutty on 'The Wire' writes novel based on his experiences in prison

David West, the creation of novelist Dennis Wise, is a jailed felon serving a double life sentence and tagged an “ongoing public safety threat” by the authorities, who is nevertheless suspected of still wielding tremendous power — and making a lot of money — from his jail cell in one of America’s “most dangerous prisons.”

If “The Last Stop” has the ring of truth to it, no wonder. Dennis Wise has been imprisoned on a life sentence (he was released under an agreement with prosecutors in 2017). He’s been suspected by law enforcement of wielding power and influence from...

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