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"RIKERS: An American Jail"

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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. 



Bibas, Stephanos. "The Truth About Mass Incarceration." National Review, September 16, 2015,

Letters to the Editor. "How Educating Inmates Benefits All." New York Times, September 3, 2017,

Lichtenberg, Judith. "America's prison system is inhumane. Here's Why." The Week, September 30, 2017,

Schwirtz, Michael. "De Blasio to Unveil Plan for Rikers While Warning It ‘Will Not Be Easy’." New York Times, June 22, 2017,

Schwirtz, Michael, and Michael Winerip. “Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality.” New York Times. July 14, 2014,



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,

Center for Constitutional Rights. “Solitary Confinement Factsheet: Torture in U.S. Prisons.” March 2017,