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

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated, 2014 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 228 pages
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In Locked Down, Locked Out, journalist Maya Schenwar looks at how prison tears families and communities apart, creating a rippling effect that touches every corner of our society. Through the stories of prisoners and their families, as well as her own family's experience of her sister's incarceration, 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.The destruction does not end upon exiting the prison walls: the 95 percent of prisoners who are released emerge with even fewer economic opportunities and fewer human connections on the outside than before. Locked Down, Locked Out shows how incarceration takes away the very things that might enable people to build better lives.Looking toward a future beyond imprisonment, Schenwar profiles community-based initiatives that foster antiracist, anticlassist, prohumanity approaches to justice. These programs successfully deal with problems-both individual harm and larger social wrongs-through connection rather than isolation, moving toward a safer future for all of us.

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User Review  - Darcia - LibraryThing

Maya Schenwar has written a compelling book that really needs to be read by everyone in the U.S. Our "justice" system has become a for-profit venue for retribution and revenge. There is little ... Read full review

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

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About the author (2014)

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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