After decades behind bars, juvenile lifers are released - but to what?-
The Obstacle Course: The country’s largest state university system says it doesn’t discriminate against former prison inmates. Applicants say otherwise. - The Marshall Project
Incarceration, Education, Emancipation: Learning opportunities in prison offer a form of freedom that’s important not only for the individual criminal, but also for society as a whole. - The Atlantic
12,000 inmates to receive Pell grants to take college classes- Washington Post
Let Prisoners Take College Courses- The New York Times
Want to keep ex-cons from returning to prison? Give them a liberal arts education.- The Washington Post
The Prison Coding Class That Might Have Inmates Making Six Figures On Their Release- Fast Coexist
Learning Behind Bars: Why doesn’t education in juvenile detention facilities get any attention or support? - The Atlantic
How Providing Educational Opportunities to Prisoners Pays Off- The Atlantic
With Switch From Pencils To Computers, GED Gets Tougher for Inmates - NPR
I teach philosophy at Columbia. But some of my best students are inmates.- Washington Post
With prison tablets, a choice between rehabilitation and profiteering- Aljazeera - Attical Lifers help educate their own- Times Union
Sheriff's Department awarded $100,000 by Harvard for inmate charter school- San Francisco Examiner


We Need to Talk about an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson
Mass Incarceration Visualized by Bruce Western
The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A Moving Song from Women in Prison for Life by the Lady Lifers
What I Want My Words To Do To You
Talk To Me (Petey Greene Bio Pic) - Trailer
Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene (documentary) - Trailer

Articles and Exerpts

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Angela Y. Davis, “From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison: Frederick Douglass and the Convict Lease System,” in Joy James, ed., The Angela Y. Davis Reader (Blackwell, 1998), 74-95.
Loïc Wacquant, “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration: Rethinking the ‘Race Question’ in the US,” (New Left Review, Vol. 13, 2002), 41-60.
Cindy Chang, Scott Threlkeld, and Ryan Smith, “Louisiana Incarcerated,” (8-part series, The Times Picayune, May 13 – May 20, 2012), 1-36 and online:
Robin D.G. Kelly, “Why We Won’t Wait,” CounterPunch, Nov. 25, 2014), 1-7.
Angela Davis, “There is an unbroken line of police violence in the U.S. that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery, The Guardian, 1-5.
Marc Mauer, et al., The Sentencing Project, online:
The Humanities Action Lab (HAL) at The New School’s “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” Project:


Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing
Caught by Marie Gottschalk
Punishment and Inequality in America by Bruce Western
Punishing the Poor by Loic Wacquant
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
For White Folks that Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’all, too! by Christopher Emdin
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis
Discipline and Punish by Michelle Foucault
Mark T. Carleton, Politics and Punishment: The History of the Louisiana State Penal System (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1971; 1984; 1994)
Robert Hillary King, From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of a Black Panther (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2012)
Dan Berger, The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the Unites States (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2014)
Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (Chicago, IL: Lawrence Hill Books, 1987; 2001)
Petersilia, J. (2003). When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry. New York: Oxford University Press.
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Drucker, E. (2011). A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America. New York: The New Press.
Vaughan, B. (2000). “Punishment and conditional citizenship.” Punishment and Society, 2(1), 23-39.
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis by Christian Parenti
Doing Time Together by Megan Comfort
Worse Than Slavery by David Oshinsky

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