Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration

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Univ of California Press, Sep 6, 2022 - Law - 312 pages
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A meticulous and exhaustive accounting of the total economic devastation wreaked on Black communities by mass incarceration with an action guide for vital reparations.

Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power is a staggering account of the destruction wrought by mass incarceration. Finding that the economic value of the damages to Black individuals, families, and communities totals $7.15 trillion—roughly 86 percent of the current Black–White wealth gap—this compelling and exhaustive analysis puts unprecedented empirical heft behind an urgent call for reparations.

Much of the damage of mass incarceration, Tasseli McKay finds, has been silently absorbed by families and communities of the incarcerated—where it is often compensated for by women’s invisible labor. Four decades of state-sponsored violence have destroyed the health, economic potential, and political power of Black Americans across generations. Grounded in principles of transitional justice that have guided other nations in moving past eras of state violence, Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power presents a comprehensive framework for how to begin intensive individual and institutional reparations. The extent of mass incarceration’s racialized harms, estimated here with new rigor and scope, points to the urgency of this work and the possibilities that lie beyond it. 
 
 

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Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration

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McKay (Holding On) attempts to show the impact of mass incarceration on Black families in the U.S. and their communities. The author notes that every American president since the Civil War has failed ... Read full review

Stolen Wealth, Hidden Power: The Case for Reparations for Mass Incarceration

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In this devastating call to action, social science researcher McKay (Holding On) documents “the knowable and definable set of atrocities” caused by the mass incarceration of Black Americans over the ... Read full review

Contents

The Hyperregulation
19
Perpetual Imprisonment
49
The Invisible Weight of Mass Incarceration
71
The Mass Removal
100
The Collective Effects
131
Dreaming an America beyond Mass Incarceration
163
Research Methods
185
Bibliography
243
Index
291
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Tasseli McKay is a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at Duke University and an affiliate of RTI International. She holds a doctorate in social policy from the London School of Economics and is lead author of Holding On: Family and Fatherhood during Incarceration and Reentry.

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