Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of

A crucial indictment of widely embraced alternatives to incarceration that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance But what does it mean really to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison Michelle Alexander, from the forewordElectronic monitoring Locked down drug treatment centers House arrest Mandated psychiatric treatment Data driven surveillance Extended probation These are some of the key alternatives held up as cost effective substitutes for jails and prisons But many of these so called reforms actually widen the net, weaving in new strands of punishment and control, and bringing new populations, who would not otherwise have been subject to imprisonment, under physical control by the stateAs mainstream public opinion has begun to turn against mass incarceration, political figures on both sides of the spectrum are pushing for reform But though they re promoted as steps to confront high rates of imprisonment many of these measures are transforming our homes and communities into prisons insteadIn Prison by Any Other Name, activist journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law reveal the way the kinder, gentler narrative of reform can obscure agendas of social control and challenge us to question the ways we replicate the status quo when pursuing change A foreword by Michelle Alexander situates the book in the context of criminal justice reform conversations Finally, the book offers a bolder vision for truly alternative justice practices Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms


About the Author: Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is the author of Locked Down, Locked Out Why Prison Doesn t Work and How We Can Do Better, and is Editor in Chief of Truthout She has written about the prison industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms Magazine, and others She is the recipient of a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Chi Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, the Women s Prison Association s Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship Maya organizes with the Chicago based abolitionist group Love Protect and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.



10 thoughts on “Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms

  1. says:

    Very good,later.


  2. says:

    I just this minute out this down I am blown away I don t agree with all the points they make that would be boring , but every page makes you think and the whole thing is really well written, very approachable, n


  3. says:

    Perfectly timed, Prison By Any Other Name is an in depth review of all forms of incarceration in the US, and why the system needs to be completely overhauled, by focusing on harmful reforms The authors provide impo


  4. says:

    This was a markedly uncomfortable read that I will be thinking about for some time I ve already asked two friends to read it because I want to be able to discuss its contents indepth In order to review this, I need to


  5. says:

    Thorough and beautifully written look at the many ways in which prisons whether we call them that or not are taking over our lives Must read for anyone who is asking, but if not police, what


  6. says:

    I m being completely serious if you re going to read any book coming out this summer,make it this oneIt is an incredible feat of journalism and research, one that highlights and explores many aspects of the justice and pris


  7. says:

    Prison by Any Other Name The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reform by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law is a well researched and presented account of how many, if not all, popular reforms ultimately causeharm than good Through a


  8. says:

    Eye Opening Yet Flawed From a standard sociological talking point side, this book is eye opening yet also perfectly in line almost within perfect lock step, in fact with current sociological understanding or at least my own under


  9. says:

    Prison by Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law, with a foreward by Michelle Alexander, is a nonfiction work about all the ways that Americans are held in a carceral state outside of prison walls This boundary pushing boo


  10. says:

    You never really stop and think about all the ways in which the courts, police, criminal justice system as a whole target and supervise a population This book is an eye opener in the myriad of ways in which the police state creeps into


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