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"RIKERS: An American Jail"

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BOOKS

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: The New Press, 2012. 

Buser, Mary E. Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Notorious Jail. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2015. 

Loury, Glenn C. Race, Incarceration, and American Values. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008. 

Wynn, Jennifer. Inside Rikers: Stories from the World's Largest Penal Colony. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2002. 

 

ARTICLES

Bibas, Stephanos. "The Truth About Mass Incarceration." National Review, September 16, 2015, http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424059/mass-incarceration-prison-reform.

Letters to the Editor. "How Educating Inmates Benefits All." New York Times, September 3, 2017, http://nyti.ms/2eSSLI7

Lichtenberg, Judith. "America's prison system is inhumane. Here's Why." The Week, September 30, 2017, http://theweek.com/articles/651722/americas-prison-system-inhumane-heres-why.

Schwirtz, Michael. "De Blasio to Unveil Plan for Rikers While Warning It ‘Will Not Be Easy’." New York Times, June 22, 2017, http://nyti.ms/2vS191m.

Schwirtz, Michael, and Michael Winerip. “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality.” New York Times. July 14, 2014, http://nyti.ms/2yg2xLT

 

OTHER RESOURCES

O’Brien, William, and Katie Rose Quandt. “The Quality of Mercy: Prisons, Forgiveness and Social Justice.” America Magazine: The National Catholic Weekly. July 2013. Issue available here

"Deep Dive: Criminal Justice & Prison Reform." Panel discussion with Bruce Western, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jens Ludwig, Shaka Senghor, Cory Booker, Katie Couric, and Makr Holden at the Aspen Ideas Festival, 2015, https://www.aspenideas.org/session/deep-dive-criminal-justice-and-prison-reform

Center for Constitutional Rights. “Solitary Confinement Factsheet: Torture in U.S. Prisons.” March 2017, http://bit.ly/2hlAW5r