By Walidah Imarisha
"There used to be a time i assumed prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . whilst I observed for the 1st time (but no longer the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son whilst vacationing hours have been up, merely to be bodily pried off and escorted out by way of guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this is often the center of this country's legal process. And the felony procedure has turn 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 by means of the presence of exact harm—sometimes terrible violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us in the back of felony 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 at least one 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 in the course of the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing thought for a far messier truth. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that enables readers to attach emotionally with the tales she stocks, and the folks at 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 events and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.
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Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption by Walidah Imarisha