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Suggested Readings

Classic Works on Prison  
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Michael Foucault
Memoirs from the House of the Dead Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Oxford History of the Prison Norval Morris and David J. Rothman
The Prison and the Gallows Marie Gottschalk
   
Criminal Justice Process  
Courtroom 302 Steve Bogira
Indefensible David Feige
   
Education  
Blink Malcolm Gladwell
The Courage to Teach Parker Palmer
Education is Translation Alison Cook-Sather
A Pedagogy for Liberation Ira Shor and Paulo Freire
Pedagogy of the Oppressed Paulo Freire
Teaching to Transgress bell hooks
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
To Know as We Are Known Parker Palmer
We Make the Road by Walking Myles Horton and Paulo Freire
   
Education in Prison  
Pell Grants for Prisoners Jon Marc Taylor
Schooling in a “Total Institution” Howard S. Davidson
   
Family, Children and Re-Entry  
After Crime and Punishment Shadd Maruna and Russ Immarigeon
All Alone in the World Nell Bernstein
Beyond Prisons Laura Magnani and Harmon L. Wray
Crime and Family Joan McCord
Doing Time on the Outside Donald Braman
Invisible Punishment Marc Mauer
Prisoners Once Removed Jeremy Travis and Michelle Waul
Random Family Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
   
Jails  
Inside Rikers Jennifer Wynn
The Jail John Irwin
   
Juveniles  
Juvenile Joseph Rodriguez
Sleepers Lorenzo Carcaterra
True Notebooks Mark Salzman
   
Memoirs  
Brothers and Keepers John Edgar Wideman
Chasing Justice Kerry Max Cook
Crime and Punishment: Inside Views Johnson and Toch
Descent Into Madness Mike Rolland
In the Belly of Beast: Letters from Prison Jack Henry Abbott
Iron House Jerome Washington
Makes Me Wanna Holler Nathan McCall
Manny: A Criminal Addict’s Story Richard P. Rettig
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member Sanyika Shaur
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing Ted Conover
You Got Nothing Coming Jimmy A. Lerner
   
Men and Prisons  
Prison Masculinities Don Sabo, Terry A. Kupers, Willie London
The Violence of Men Cloe Madanes
   
Prison Books by Incarcerated or Formerly Incarcerated People
Behind Bars: Surviving Prison Jeffrey Ian Ross, Stephen C. Richards
Convict Criminology Jeffrey Ian Ross, Stephen C. Richards
The Fellas: Overcoming Prison and Addiction Charles M. Terry
Life Sentences: Rage and Survival Behind Bars Wilbert Rideau and Ron Wikberg
Life Without Parole Victor Hassine
The Soul Knows No Bars Drew Leder
   
Race and Ethnicity  
Code of the Street Elijah Anderson
The Color of Justice Samuel Walker, Cassia Spohn, William DeLone
Fist Stick Knife Gun Geoffrey Canada
Guns, Violence, and Identities Among African American and Latino Youth Deanna L. Wilkinson
Images of Color, Images of Crime CoraMae Richey Mann, Marjorie S. Katz, Nancy Rodriguez
In Search of Respect Phillipe Bourgois
Killing Rage, Ending Racism bell hooks
No Equal Justice David Cole
Racial Healing Harlon L. Dalton
Savage Inequalities Jonathan Kozol
Young, Black and Male in America Jewelle Taylor Gibbs
   
Restorative Justice  
Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences Howard Zehr
Healing Our Imprisoned Minds Patrick Middleton
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison Barb Toews
Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims Howard Zehr
   
Studies of Prison Issues  
America’s Prisons, Opposing Viewpoints Opposing Viewpoints Series
Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Davis
Confronting Confinement John J. Gibbons, Nicholas de B. Katzenbach
Crime and Punishment in America Elliot Currie
Downsizing Prisons Michael Jacobson
Gates of Injustice Alan Elsner
Going Up the River: Travels in a Prison Nation Joseph T. Hallinan
Hard Time Blues Sasha Abramsky
Hard Time, Understanding and Reforming the Prison Robert Johnson
Imprisoning Communities Todd Clear
Ironies of Imprisonment Michael Welch
It’s About Time, America’s Imprisonment Binge James Austin and John Irwin
Lockdown America Christian Parenti
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor Tara Herivel and Paul Wright
Prisons and Jails: A Reader Richard Tewksbury and Dean Dabney
Prisons and Prison Life Joycelyn M. Pollock
Race to Incarcerate Marc Mauer
The Real War on Crime Steven R. Donziger
Total Confinement Lorna A. Rhodes
The Warehouse Prison John Irwin
   
The Arts and Prisons  
The Crying Wall and Other Prison Stories Victor Hassine, Robert Johnson and Ania Dobrzanska
Guilty Reflections: One Boy One Man Terrell Carter
Justice Follies Robert Johnson
Only the Dead Can Kill Margo Perin
Poetic Justice Robert Johnson
Prison Writing in 20th Century America H. Bruce Franklin
Shakespeare Behind Bars Jean Trounstine
   
Violence  
Preventing Violence James Gilligan
Violence, Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes James Gilligan
   
Women and Prisons  
Couldn’t Keep it To Myself Wally Lamb
The Criminal Justice System and Women Barbara Raffel Price and Natalie Sokoloff
In Her Own Words Leanne Fiftal Aarid, Paul Cromwell
I'll Fly Away Wally Lamb
Inner Lives Paula C. Johnson
Life on the Outside Jennifer Gonnerman
No Safe Haven Lori B. Girshick
Women in Prison Kathryn Watterson
A World Apart Cristina Rathbone
   
Other Related Books  
Thinking About Crime Michael Tonry
More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompillo
Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell Jane Golden, Robin Ride, and Monica Yant Kinney
Values Clarification Sidney B. Simon, Leland W. Howe, Howard Kirschenbaum
How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas David Bornstein

 

 

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