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This book was insanely good. Our class had just read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness prior to this and this book out shined it in comparison. The New Jim Crow left me dissatisfied at the end, offering me no real, clear, solution to the problem. This book, however, did and gave me hope for the future. Additionally, her writing style is incredible. It's so engaging and she really takes you on a journey. She has a way of making some big points in really subtle ways.
As for meeting her, she is just as wonderful in person and she really is doing so much for prison reform and mass incarceration. She is working on so many new projects. Her optimism is inspiring
I absolutely believe in prison reform. However, while the author makes her statements for extreme prison reform at the end of the book, she has not substantiated her thinking so the ideas do not seem to have been informed by her experience. For readers who don’t already agree with her, this book will not change their minds.
Additionally, it is almost embarrassing how often other people have to point out problems to her when she is blinded by the positive images she is being fed. I don’t fault her for her limited access to prisoners and prisons, but she rarely takes a critical eye to these limitations without someone else pointing out that she is being spoon fed a narrative. She also gives credence to her opinions over what she is told directly by prisoners.
If someone is interested in prison reform, look through the bibliography in this book. Skip the rest. It is not worthwhile.
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