Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

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…
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