On the Run
Fugitive Life in an American City
This groundbreaking book delves into the impact the tough-on-crime political turn has had on inner-city communities in America, particularly on Black communities. Following six years of research, author Alice Goffman chronicles the routine stops, searches, raids, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age, highlighting the failures of the War on Crime and the grim counterpoint to mass incarceration. On the Run is both an exemplary work of scholarship and a compassionate chronicle of the families caught in the midst of it.