By Walidah Imarisha
"There used to be a time i assumed prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . while I observed for the 1st time (but no longer the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son whilst vacationing hours have been up, in simple 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 guts of this country's legal process. And the felony approach has turn into the center of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.
This is not any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this inventive nonfiction account are united via the presence of tangible harm—sometimes bad violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us in the back of criminal 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 incredible harm to at least one another—and then what? What can we as a society do? What could redemption glance like?
Imarisha does not cringe as she publications us throughout the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing idea for a far messier fact. 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 pursuits and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.
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