By Walidah Imarisha
"There was once a time i thought prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . while I observed for the 1st time (but now not the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son while traveling hours have been up, basically to be bodily pried off and escorted out by means of guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this can be the guts of this country's criminal approach. And the legal procedure has turn into the guts of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.
This isn't any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this artistic nonfiction account are united by way of the presence of exact harm—sometimes awful violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us in the back of legal 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 unbelievable harm to at least one another—and then what? What will we as a society do? What may redemption glance like?
Imarisha does not balk as she publications us during the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing idea for a far messier truth. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that permits 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 events and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.
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