As candidates inch closer and closer to the culmination of their campaigns, lets keep the discussion alive! A huge point of debate surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as issues related to unemployment, the prison industrial complex, and the War on Drugs, is reforming the criminal justice system. Want to read more? Take a look below.
  1. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    Published in 2012, Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking study of mass incarceration remains a bestseller. Her meticulously researched account tells how, with the end of Jim Crow, criminalization of (especially) black and Hispanic men has become the new means of racial discrimination, creating a permanently disenfranchised underclass. It is impossible to read this book and look at the United States justice system in the same way again.
  2. Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
    Activist Angela Davis argues that prisons should be the target of the next abolition movement in the United States, and that their time is coming to an end. Her book is an unflinching critique of the system that keeps more than 2 million Americans behind bars, and the corporations who profit from the current prison structure.
  3. Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World by Baz Dreisinger
    This worldwide odyssey of prison systems is a comprehensive look at the past, present, and future of justice. Dreisinger examines the world of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them with equal parts empathy and intellect.
  4. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
    The basis for the hit television show, this memoir tells the story of the author’s tenure in a women’s prison, exploring the lives of the women locked away and providing a rare window into life inside the criminal justice system.