Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

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–By Elaine Schleiffer
“The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.”
—Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (The New Press, 2012)
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness is an approachable, understandable book that exposes the racist, capitalist, and classist framework from which mass incarceration in our country grew. It has been widely praised, widely discussed, and widely taught. It is also generally pulled out of prison libraries, and New Jersey was the first state to attempt an outright ban of the book in all of its carceral institutions.

“As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; and since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.”
—Alberto Manguel

Guide to Kulchur believes that incarcerated people have as much right to information about mass incarceration as anyone else, and we are well equipped to address this problem. If you believe that this book is a necessary and important title to put in the hands of the folks who are right now requesting it from our Books to Prisoners program, donate to our Books to Prisoners program.

We need your help to get important books into the hands of people who are incarcerated.

Books to Prisoners operates on a nationwide basis and responds directly to requests from prisoners. We fill the (increasingly wide) gaps left by prison libraries. And we believe that all people have a right to information about the state in which they live.


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