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Until We Reckon
Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
Danielle Sered - 2019-03-05
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An award-winning leader in the fight against mass incarceration tackles the difficult subject of violent crime in Until We Reckon. With a restorative approach, Danielle Sered asks readers to reconsider the purpose of incarceration and offers alternatives that prioritize the needs of survivors and meaningful amends for those who have committed violence - producing promising results. Sered also highlights the cost of overreliance on incarceration to our communities, survivors, racial equity, and democracy.
Scott Hechinger
I learned the above from @daniellesered in her brilliant book, Until We Reckon. The gift that keeps on giving.      source
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Usual Cruelty
The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System
Alec Karakatsanis - 2019-10-29
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Usual Cruelty is a powerful critique of the American justice system from a leading civil rights lawyer. Alec Karakatsanis unpacks how the legal profession has normalized the inhumane practice of mass incarceration, particularly for poor and marginalized individuals. He challenges us to reconsider what we choose to punish and advocates for a more equitable justice system that serves all people, not just the wealthy. This is a must-read for anyone interested in civil rights and social justice.
Scott Hechinger
Deserved. Alec, a former public defender & now head of @CivRightsCorps, lead the litigation strategy that will prevent Harris County Texas from jailing tens of thousands of people each year on bail they can’t afford. Wrote a brilliant book on the power of words to combat cruelty.      source
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Reginald Dwayne Betts - 2019-10-15
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This poetry collection delves into the effects of incarceration, covering topics from homelessness to fatherhood to grace. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the lasting impact of prison on post-incarceration life, using both traditional and innovative forms to create a powerful and timely exploration of the criminal justice system. With its focus on the erasure of the incarcerated from public consciousness and the failures of the system, Felon challenges the complexities of language to redefine what it means to be a "felon."
Scott Hechinger
Almost Thanksgiving reading recommendation. Felon, a book of pomes, by @dwaynebetts. Here is a short thread with some of my public defender takeaways. It's breathtaking.      source