Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Nov 10, 2014 - Law - 264 pages
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Through the stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family's experiences, Maya Schenwar shows how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans and decimates poor communities of color is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety. As she vividly depicts here, incarceration takes away the very things that might enable people to build better lives. But looking toward a future beyond imprisonment, Schenwar profiles community-based initiatives that successfully deal with problems—both individual harm and larger social wrongs—through connection rather than isolation, moving toward a safer, freer future for all of us.
 

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Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

User Review  - Joan Pedzich - Book Verdict

The author uses her family's experiences and the experiences of others to indict the prison system as flawed, dangerous, and cruel. Her stories and suggestions of restorative solutions are eye-opening. (LJ 1/15) Read full review

Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

User Review  - Frances O. Sandiford - Book Verdict

Schenwar, editor in chief of social justice website Truthout, has written extensively about prisons, but the topic hit home for the author when her sister Kayla was incarcerated on drug charges. Kayla ... Read full review

Contents

Into the Hole
1
Coming Apart
7
Coming Together
97
Not an Ending
199
Notes
203
Resources
212
Acknowledgments
219
Index
221
About the Author
228
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Maya Schenwar is editor-in-chief of Truthout, an independent social-justice news website. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Newark Star-Ledger, Ms. magazine, and others. Previous to joining Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine and served as publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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