UPPER BUNKIES UNITE AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON THE POLITICS OF MASS INCARCERATION
FOREWORD WRITTEN BY: JAMES P. COMER, M.D.
In Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration, author Andrea James takes a critical look at the politics and policies resulting in mass incarceration within the United States. From her professional experience as a former criminal defense lawyer and her personal experience as a formerly incarcerated woman and mother, James provides a more accurate portrait of who is in our prisons and the destructive outcome of politics that support a failed drug war, exhaust resources on law enforcement and incarceration, and separate and fracture families and entire communities. By outlining the political and financial influences that maintain a prison industry, James demonstrates the need for a shift in resources toward community based, harm reduction alternatives to incarceration and a complete overhaul of the current U.S. criminal justice system from one of punishment and wasted human potential, to a framework focused on social justice and healing.
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