A sweeping account of race, politics, and imprisonment from slavery to the present, with an emphasis on the country's most locked-down, politically influential state: Texas. Perkinson is a professor of American Studies at the University of Hawaii. He is also a Soros Justice Fellow. Hear an interview with him from the Open Society's blog. "An alarming indictment, built on passionate and exhaustive research..." - New York Times "If you want to understand how politics, not crime control, governs today's prison population, read this book.... A must-read..." - Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law School (NY-Yipz)
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