Further Readings


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

Articles and Exerpts

  1. The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. 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.
  3. Loïc Wacquant, “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration: Rethinking the ‘Race Question’ in the US,” (New Left Review, Vol. 13, 2002), 41-60.
  4. Cindy Chang, Scott Threlkeld, and Ryan Smith, “Louisiana Incarcerated,” (8-part series, The Times Picayune, May 13 – May 20, 2012), 1-36 and online: http://www.nola.com/prisons/
  5. Robin D.G. Kelly, “Why We Won’t Wait,” CounterPunch, Nov. 25, 2014), 1-7.
  6. 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.
  7. Marc Mauer, et al., The Sentencing Project, online: http://www.sentencingproject.org/
  8. The Humanities Action Lab (HAL) at The New School’s “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” Project: http://humanitiesactionlab.org/


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