Working for Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration
This introductory chapter discusses how the Prison Communication, Activism, Research, and Education Collective (PCARE) attempts to put democracy into practice by merging prison education and activism. While dozens of studies have described what is wrong with America's prison-industrial complex—its embedded racism and sexism, its perpetual violence, its skewed judicial and legislative aspects, and its corresponding media spectacles, among others—the chapter presents real-world answers based on years of pragmatic activism and engaged teaching. It recognizes that the men and women in prisons and jails have left behind them trails of wreckage—they harmed others and caused immeasurable pain. Meanwhile, the victims of violent crime attest that their lives are forever altered. The chapter foregrounds these facts and argues that the only way to end the cycle of violence is by moving past the anger and fear.
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