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Incarceration



Incarceration, the detention of a person in prison, is a key issue impacting the well-being of millions of people around the world. While we associate incarceration as punishment for committing a crime, hundreds of thousands of people are incarcerated under mere suspicion of committing a crime, especially if they cannot afford bail. The US has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world, and the physical, emotional, and psychological isolation experienced by incarcerated people—and those that love, care for, and rely on them—must be addressed to allow for individual, communal, and relational healing and health.

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Mandela ‘Back’ in His Robben Island Cell | BBC News

Watch this emotional clip as Nelson Mandela goes back to Robben Island and remembers his time there as a prisoner.

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The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial.

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Dante’s Hell, with Those Who Can Relate

Ron Jenkins, a professor at Wesleyan University, created a program in which inmates study and perform parts of Dante’s “Inferno.”

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FindCenterWe must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.

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Mass Incarceration, Visualized

In this animated interview, the sociologist Bruce Western explains the current inevitability of prison for certain demographics of young black men and how it's become a normal life event.

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I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love

Mahogany L. Browne’s evocative book-length poem explores the impacts of the prison system on both the incarcerated and the loved ones left behind. I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love is an expansive poetic meditation on who we think is bound by incarceration. The answer: all of us.

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‘Hope Is a Powerful Weapon’: Unpublished Mandela Prison Letters

A new volume offers insight into the personal and political life of one of the 20th century’s most influential freedom fighters.

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FindCenterAn individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.

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Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair

In a book Democracy Now! calls a “complete overhaul of the way we’ve been taught to think about crime, punishment, and justice,” Danielle Sered, the executive director of Common Justice and renowned expert on violence, offers pragmatic solutions that take the place of prison, meeting the...

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