By Walidah Imarisha
"There used to be a time i assumed prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . whilst I observed for the 1st time (but now not the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son whilst vacationing hours have been up, in basic terms to be bodily pried off and escorted out through guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this can be the center of this country's felony procedure. And the felony procedure has develop into the center of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.
This isn't any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this artistic nonfiction account are united by way of the presence of exact harm—sometimes awful violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us in the back of legal partitions to go to her incarcerated brother Kakamia and his fellow inmate Jimmy "Mac" McElroy, a member of the Irish gang the Westies. jointly they discover the questions: humans can do unbelievable harm to 1 another—and then what? What will we as a society do? What may possibly redemption glance like?
Imarisha does not cringe as she publications us in the course of the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing conception for a miles messier truth. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that enables readers to attach emotionally with the tales she stocks, and the folk in the back of them.
Walidah Imarisha is a author, organizer, educator, and spoken-word artist. She is the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: technology Fiction tales From Social Justice activities and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.
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