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July 10, 2008

Potent pieces on prison nation from the Boston Review

Br_cover_july_aug_08_2A helpful reader pointed me to the latest issue of the Boston Review, which has a series of notable articles under the heading, "After Prison: A special issue on incarcerated America."  Here are the chief pieces (with quotes from the Boston Review's website):

Reentry: Reversing mass imprisonment by Bruce Western: "To be young, black, and unschooled today is to risk a felony conviction, prison time, and a life of second-class citizenship. In this sense, the prison boom has produced mass incarceration—a level of imprisonment so vast and concentrated that it forges the collective experience of an entire social group."

Guarded Hope: Learning from the prison boom by Robert Perkinson: "If racially skewed prison warehousing represents the latest incarnation of American racism, then political mobilization and social transformation on the scale of the civil rights movement may be necessary to dislodge it."

No Further Harm: What we owe to incarcerated fathers by Mary F. Katzenstein and Mary L. Shanley: "The recognition and encouragement of fatherhood behind bars is a vital step in maintaining and fostering the interrelated — indeed, inseparable — commitments of both intimate and civic life."

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