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Books

 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, referred to by Nicholas Kristoff of The New York Times as "America's Mandela", is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Alabama, and a professor of law at NYU Law School. He has "won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color." His book is "a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and
a call to fix our broken system of justice."


Mr. Stevenson’s TED talk:
https://www.ted.com/talks/bryan_stevenson_we_need_to_talk_about_an_injustice

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

“In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African
Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination - employment
discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational
opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury
service - are suddenly legal.” – Publishers Summary

The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about

Criminal Justice by Jens Soering

“A citizen of Germany, Jens was a nineteen-year-old honors student at the University of
Virginia when he was arrested in 1986 for the murders of his girlfriend’s parents.” (from
About the Author). He denies this claim. Jens will spend the rest of his life in prison.

New Jack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover

This Pulitzer Prize Finalist, New Jack describes how a journalist applied for a job as a prison
offer…and got it! “Through his insights into the harsh culture of prison, the grueling and
demeaning working conditions of the officers, and the unexpected ways the job encroaches on
his own family life, we begin to see how our burgeoning prison system brutalizes everyone
connected with it.” - Jacket cover

Blessed and Highly Favored: Memoirs of a Multiple Felon by Theo Harris

Theo Harris, a seven-time felon, spent most of his life in prison as the result of an ongoing battle
with substance abuse. This is the “story of one man’s journey from a life of addiction and crime
through the correctional system to find redemption”. – Dr. Dale T Irvin, New York Theological
Seminary

Incareration Naitons: A Journey to Justice in Prisons

Around the World by Baz Dreisinger

Dr. Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those
who imprison them. “In this crucial study, named one of the Washington Post's Notable
Nonfiction Books of 2016, Baz Dreisinger goes behind bars in nine countries to
investigate the current conditions in prisons worldwide.” – Amazon

Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing edited by Bell Gale Chevigny.

The selections from fifty-one inmates cover the life span of imprisonment, from terrifying
initiations to deadly routines, many-layered games and hustles, poignant friendships,
charged confrontations with family, and death row.

Refuge in Hell: Finding God in Sing Sing by Ronald D Lemmert

Without romanticizing the prisoners in his stories, the author--who served for many years as the Catholic chaplain at Sing Sing prison--humanizes them, offers a compelling picture of the reality of an oppressive criminal justice system, and describes the challenge and joy of proclaiming the gospel in such an environment. - Google Books


Father Ronald Lemmert explains, "The guys always told me that when they were in the
Chapel, they felt like they were no longer in prison, because it was the only place where
they were treated like human beings. The Chapel was their 'refuge' in the midst of the
hell of Sing Sing. One of the chapters is called 'Life in Hell' and describes the horrific
treatment and corruption that were rampant."

The Theater of War: What Ancient Tragedies Can Teach Us

Today by Bryan Doerries

This is the personal and deeply passionate story of a life devoted to reclaiming the
timeless power of an ancient artistic tradition to comfort the afflicted. For years, theater
director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient
tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors,
inmates, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society. - Amazon.com