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Incarceration and Race in Michigan
Grounding the National Debate in State Practice
Edited by Lynn O. Scott, and Curtis Stokes
State and local policies are key to understanding how to reduce prison populations. This anthology of critical and personal essays about the need to reform criminal justice policies that have led to mass incarceration provides a national perspective while remaining grounded in Michigan. Major components in this volume include a focus on current research on the impact of incarceration on minority groups, youth, and the mentally ill; and a focus on research on Michigan’s leadership in the area of reentry. Changes in policy will require a change in the public’s problematic images of incarcerated people. In this volume, academic research is combined with first-person narratives and paintings from people who have been directly affected by incarceration to allow readers to form more personal connections with those who face incarceration. At a time when much of the push to reduce prison populations is focused on the financial cost to states and cities, this book emphasizes the broader social and human costs of mass incarceration.
Subjects: Social Science
Publication Date: December 1st, 2019
308 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Lynn Orilla Scott is a retired Professor from James Madison College at Michigan State University who taught research writing classes on incarceration in the United States. She has published widely on the writing of James Baldwin and is a contributing editor to the James Baldwin Review.

Curtis Stokes is Professor of Political Theory and Black Politics in James Madison College at Michigan State University. He has edited and authored six books, including the award-winning Malcolm X's Michigan Worldview: An Exemplar for Contemporary Black Studies and The State of Black Michigan, 1967–2007.

Early Praise

"Incarceration and Race in Michigan arrives at a significant moment in activism and advocacy around prisons in our state, while struggles for access to higher education, the sentencing of children as adults, and the traumas of an aging prison population reverberate across Michigan. This book provides much needed examinations of struggles around mental health, the effects of solitary confinement, and the suffering youth in our prisons. It also puts the creative writing and visual art of currently and formerly incarcerated people in meaningful conversation with the work of scholars and activists."
—Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor and Director of the Prison Creative Arts Project, University of Michigan
"Lynn Orilla Scott and Curtis Stokes point us to the you are here spot on Michigan’s map of incarceration and race. They navigate the past and present destructive and unjust system while offering a framework to build meaningful change for the future. This book is for all of us: scholars, practitioners, incarcerated communities, wardens, parole officers, and lawmakers. The map is in our hands, let’s work together. I’ll meet you here!"
—Guillermo Delgado, Academic Specialist in Community & Socially Engaged Arts, Michigan State University

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