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Summary: The number of Americans who live behind bars has increased by 550 percent over the last 40 years. This has been the result of aggressive tough-on-crime legislation that had more harmful effects than lawmakers could have foreseen. Experts now see the problem but disagree on the solutions. Does incarceration limit crime, or does it simply feed into a cycle of problems that harm society and create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Greenhaven Publishing, LLC 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 365 MAS

Joyner, Chris

Summary: The Three Death Sentences of Clarence Henderson' is the story of Clarence Henderson, a wrongfully accused Black sharecropper who was sentenced to die three different times for a murder he didn't commit, and the prosecution desperate to pin the crime on him despite scant evidence. His first trial lasted only a day and featured a lackluster public defense. The book also tells the story of Homer...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Abrams Inc. 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.134 JOY

Lempert, Lora Bex

Summary: How do women mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces and grandmothers -- make sense of judgment to a lifetime behind bars? In Women Doing Life, Lora Bex Lempert examines the carceral experiences of women serving life sentences, presenting a typology of the ways that life-sentenced women grow and self-actualize, resist prison definitions, reflect on and own their criminal acts, and ultimately create...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York University Press 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.4 LEM

Pfaff, John F.

1 hold on 1 copy

Summary: "Pfaff argues that existing accounts of the causes of mass incarceration are fundamentally misguided. The most widely accepted explanations--the failed War on Drugs, draconian sentencing laws, an increasing reliance on private prisons--actually tell us much less than we like to think. Instead, Pfaff urges us to look at other factors, including a major shift in prosecutor behavior that occurred...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 PFA

Kilgore, James William

Summary: "We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world's largest jailer: the United States. Drawing on a growing body of academic...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New Press, The 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 KIL

Larson, Doran

Summary: "In Inside Knowledge incarcerated people step forth as the primary witnesses and documentarians of the American prison's historical and ongoing defeat of the four cardinal rationales for the legal caging of human beings: rehabilitations, deterrence, containment, and retribution"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: New York University Press 2024

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 365 LAR

Bauer, Shane

Summary: "A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. IIn 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 BAU
1 available in Browsing Hot Titles, Call number: HOT TITLE

Montross, Christine

Summary: "Galvanized by her work in our nation's jails, psychiatrist Christine Montross illuminates the human cost of mass incarceration and mental illness. Dr. Christine Montross has spent her career treating the most severely ill psychiatric patients. Several years ago, she set out to investigate why so many of her patients got caught up in the legal system when discharged from her care--and what...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 MON

Henry, Jessica S.

Summary: "Rodricus Crawford was convicted and sentenced to die for the murder by suffocation of his beautiful baby boy. After years on death row, evidence confirmed what Crawford had claimed all along: he was innocent, and his son had died from an undiagnosed illness. Crawford is not alone. A full one-third of all known exonerations stem from no-crime wrongful convictions. The first book to explore this...

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Publisher / Publication Date: University of California Press 2020

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Dawkins, Curtis

Summary: "In this stunning debut collection, Curtis Dawkins, an MFA graduate and convicted murderer serving life without parole, takes us inside the worlds of prison and prisoners with stories that dazzle with their humor and insight, even as they describe a harsh and barren existence. In Curtis Dawkins's first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Scribner 2017

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1 available in Adult Fiction, Call number: FIC DAW

Bazelon, Emily

Summary: "A renowned investigative journalist exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America's mass incarceration crisis, and also offers a way out. The American criminal justice system is supposed to be a contest between two equal adversaries, the prosecution and the defense, with judges ensuring a fair fight. But in fact, it is prosecutors who have the upper hand, in a...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345.73 BAZ

Miller, Reuben Jonathan

Summary: A Chicago Cook County Jail chaplain and mass-incarceration sociologist examines the lifelong realities of a criminal record, demonstrating how America's justice system is less about rehabilitation and more about structured disenfranchisement.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.8 MIL

Contents: Introduction / by Tara Herivel -- The political economy of prisons -- Banking on the prison boom / Judith Greene -- Million-dollar blocks: the neighborhood costs of America's prison boom / Jennifer Gonnerman -- Doing borrowed time: the high cost of backdoor prison finance / Kevin Pranis -- Making the "bad guy" pay: growing use of cost shifting as an economic sanction / Kirsten D. Levingston --...

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Publisher / Publication Date: New Press 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365.973 PRI

Beety, Valena E.

Summary: "From a former federal prosecutor turned champion of the wrongfully convicted, this powerful and profound book follows the stories of women reclaiming their freedom and creates a new blueprint for remaking our deeply flawed criminal legal system." -- Inside front jacket flap.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp. 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345.73 BEE

Wright, Isaac

Summary: "Marked for Life is the incredible memoir of a wrongfully imprisoned man's epic journey to free himself and others like him. Isaac Wright Jr. was wrongly accused of drug charges in New Jersey and sentenced to life in prison in 1991. He was arrested, tried, and convicted under a draconian "kingpin" statute even though he never dealt drugs a day in his life. Even though the prosecutor knew he was...

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 WRIGHT, ISAAC WRI

Adams, Jarrett

Summary: "He was seventeen when an all-white jury sentenced him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now, in this unforgettable memoir, a pioneering lawyer recalls the journey that led to his exoneration-and inspired him to devote his life to fighting the many injustices in our legal system. Seventeen years old and facing nearly thirty years behind bars, Jarrett Adams sought to figure out the why...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Convergent 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 ADAMS, JARRETT ADA

Summary: The former NFL star turned social activist presents 30 essays from political prisoners, grassroots organizers and scholars such as Angela Davis and Dereck Purnell that focus on the police and incarceration abolition movement.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Kaepernick Publishing 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 364.6 ABO

Forbes, Lisa

1 hold on 2 copies

Summary: "Riveting, honest, and raw, I Can Take It From Here recounts Lisa Forbes's harrowing journey into darkness -- including a fourteen-year-long stint in a maximum-security prison -- and her fierce resolve to understand the effects of the trauma she endured, to take personal responsibility for her actions, and to ensure that her history does not dictate her destiny. The youngest of six children,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Steerforth Press/Truth to Power Books 2022

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 FORBES, LISA FOR

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1 available in Adult, Call number: B FORBES FOR

Rakoff, Jed S.

Summary: "A senior federal judge's incisive, unsettling exploration of some of the paradoxes that the define the judiciary today: among them, why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren't prosecuted, why you won't get your day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own constitutionally mandated power"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 345.73 RAK

Summary: Tells the story of seven men who were exonerated after being imprisoned for decades and released after DNA evidence proved their innocence.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: New Yorker Video 2006

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1 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC AFT

Hallinan, Joseph.

Summary: "A few years ago, Joe Hallinan, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, met a tough law-and-order Texan named Jack Kyle, who had been a Texas prison warden in the 1960s and had worked in the penal system nearly all his adult life. It used to be, Kyle told Hallinan, that nobody wanted prisons. But after the Texas economy went bust in the mid-1980s, people began to reconsider prisons, and 'now,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Random House 2001

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 365 HAL

Rezaian, Jason

Summary: In July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian's reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2019

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: B REZAIAN REZ

Goffman, Alice.

Summary: Forty years in, the tough on crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects Black communities. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside. As arrest quotas and high tech surveillance criminalize entire blocks, a climate of fear and suspicion pervades daily life, not only for young men entangled in the legal system,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 307 GOF

Peterson, Tracie.

Summary: Whisked away to America when her father is falsely accused of slave trading, Catherine Newbury disguises her identity and becomes a sought-after seamstress in Philadelphia, where she catches the eye of an architect who met her before she went into hiding.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Bethany House 2008

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1 available in Adult, Call number: FIC PET

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