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Until We Reckon
Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
Danielle Sered - 2019-03-05
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In the eloquent tradition of Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, an award-winning leader in the movement to end mass incarceration takes on the vexing problem of violent crimeAlthough over half the people incarcerated in America today have committed violent offenses, the focus of reformers has been almost entirely on nonviolent and drug offenses. Daniell...
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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From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society’s normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating itAlec Karakatsanis is very interested in what we choose to punish. For example, it is a crime in most of America for poor people to wager in the streets over dice; dice-w...
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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Felon tells the story of the effects of incarceration in fierce, dazzling poemscanvassing a wide range of emotions and experiences through homelessness, underemployment, love, drug abuse, domestic violence, fatherhood, and graceand, in doing so, creates a travelogue for an imagined life. Reginald Dwayne Betts confronts the funk of postincarceration...
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