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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595585419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595585417
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jones channels the tradition of liberal-Left political cartooning to give this graphic documentary a dynamic, woodcut-like look that galvanizes its adaptation of Mauer’s tract of the same name. Its subject is imprisonment in the U.S., especially, since the war on drugs was launched in the 1980s, the push to jail as many as possible (as it sometimes seems). Since the opening of the first “penitentiary” in 1829 and preceded by “getting tough on crime” policies, the war on drugs has reversed the emphasis on rehabilitation in U.S. prisons. While outlining how the drug war fueled a prison-construction boom, gave the U.S. by far the highest national rate of incarceration in the world, and ensured that more than half those imprisoned are poor blacks and Latinos, Mauer keeps the focus on the politics of crime, a game played with macho glee by both parties. Mauer’s original book has been criticized for lacking immediacy (too much passive voice, etc.), but with Jones’ inspirational help, this version has plenty of punch. Terrific for current-events teaching, too. --Ray Olson

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Selected for the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List

"Jones's gritty illustrations punctuate Mauer's main points. The result is a searing indictment of divisive policies and empty rhetoric. Throughout the short narrative, it is obvious that Mauer and Jones still believe that change can prevail—and that if politicians would only remove the blinders and make much needed investments toward the future, they would see that continued incarceration does nothing to heal the demographic divide."
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"Its political and cultural immediacy makes this an excellent title for adults interested in social issues as well as for college students, teens, and tweens. It also serves as a bridge to Mauer’s original edition [first published in 1999], since skillful black-and-white visuals from Jones add clarity and vividness to complex issues."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lenore Skenazy on April 28, 2013
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Maybe you'd already heard that America leads the WORLD in its incarceration rate. What this book does is make that point so human and horrifying, it doesn't just make your head hurt, it stabs you through the heart. Personally, I'd heard about the "old" version of The Race to Incarcerate. It sounded like an important work, but I knew I'd never plow through a whole book on prison reform. That's why this graphic version is so fantastic. The stories leap off the page, like the one about the death row prisoner who, given his last meal, asks if he can save his pie till the morning. This is a man we EXECUTED? A guy who didn't even understand what was about to happen AFTER his last meal?
Warning: This book is very powerful. The illustrations intensify the stories in a way no graph or even photo could. They are brilliant and they are art. Really, this is just one of the best books ever about a topic that is otherwise pretty hard to get into. I hope students and adults read it and then go on to demand some basic changes in who we lock up, how long we lock them up, and how they are treated when they ARE locked up. -- Lenore Skenazy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Sussan on August 23, 2014
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It amazes me that graphic books (what were called comic books back in the day) have evolved to where they can capture the most difficult subject matter in a way that is both respectful and approachable. Where The New Jim Crow, which covers the same topic, is data-dense and analysis-thick, this approach covers a lot of the same ground with concrete and visual arguments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn R. Rogers on June 18, 2013
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Wish they used this book across disciplines. Could easily be apart of a unit involving english, math and us history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Brooks on March 2, 2014
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If you want to know why America has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world, read this book. Told in a readable, powerful way, along with the fantastic illustrations, this book will make you think about our criminal justice system in a whole new way. It's difficult to capture the history, sociology, politics, and cultural issues in one story. This book does it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat's Fan on November 16, 2013
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Great book; the format makes the book easy to read and understand because it eliminates all the fill that many books have. With this book you get valuable information that helps to understand the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2013
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Very informative and eye opening. The graphics were funny, but good. Wish the illustrator had use some color to ease the eyes. Still a Recommended read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loveless on February 9, 2014
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This cartoon story gives an accurate depiction of the prison industrial complex in our nation. It was a quick and interesting read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brianna woods on October 1, 2013
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This book was an easy read but was very eye opening and educational. Good for criminal justice students and anyone interested.
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Sabrina Jones has been writing and illustrating comics since the Reagan era. As a young art student, she was alarmed by the threats to women's reproductive rights, and joined a group of pro-choice activist artists called Carnival Knowledge. Wanting to cover women's issues in World War 3 Illustrated, editor Seth Tobocman convinced Sabrina to create her first comic strip. She has gone on to edit and contribute to many issues, including Bitchcraft, Female Complaints, and Life During Wartime.

In the 1990s she co-founded Girltalk, an anthology of women's autobiographical comics, published by Fantagraphics.

She has created nonfiction comics for Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World, Verso, 2005; The Real Cost of Prisons Project, 2006; Mixed Signals, a counter-recruitment tool in comic book form, Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation, The New Press, 2009; and FDR and the New Deal for Beginners, 2010.
Her first complete book is Isadora Duncan, A Graphic Biography, Hill & Wang, 2008.
She is working on a graphic adaptation of Race to Incarcerate, by Marc Mauer and the Sentencing Project.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sabrina moved to New York to study painting at Pratt Institute, and later got an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She now lives in Brooklyn with novelist Steve Stern, and two cats, Percy and Jezebel. She paints scenery for film, theater and television, as a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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