By Walidah Imarisha

"There was once a time i thought prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . whilst I observed for the 1st time (but now not the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son whilst vacationing hours have been up, basically to be bodily pried off and escorted out via guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this is often the center of this country's legal approach. And the legal procedure has develop into the guts of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.

This is not any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this inventive nonfiction account are united through the presence of tangible harm—sometimes terrible violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us at the back of criminal partitions to go to her incarcerated brother Kakamia and his fellow inmate Jimmy "Mac" McElroy, a member of the Irish gang the Westies. jointly they discover the questions: humans can do unbelievable harm to 1 another—and then what? What will we as a society do? What may perhaps redemption glance like?

Imarisha does not cringe as she courses us throughout the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing thought for a far messier truth. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that permits readers to attach emotionally with the tales she stocks, and the folk in the back of them.

Walidah Imarisha is a author, organizer, educator, and spoken-word artist. She is the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: technological know-how Fiction tales From Social Justice hobbies and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.

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