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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.
ISBN: 978-0-9887593-0-5 Soft Cover
About the Author:
Andrea James is the Executive Director of Families For Justice As Healing. www.justiceashealing.org. She has worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years. As a former criminal defense attorney she dedicated her time and resources to providing zealous representation to women and children within her community of Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 2009 Andrea was convicted of wire fraud, disbarred as an attorney, and sentenced to serve a 24-month federal prison sentence. Even after a lifetime of work seeking justice on behalf of disenfranchised people, she was stunned at what she encountered upon entering the federal prison system as an incarcerated person. Andrea is committed to fulfilling the promise she made to the women who remain in prison, to speak their truth and advocate for community based harm reduction alternatives to mass incarceration and a failed war on drugs. Andrea James is also the author of A Letter To My Children From A Mad, Black, Incarcerated Mother, a book for high school students, and The Adventures of Lucky James: My Grandparents Are Polar Bears, a children’s book.