By Walidah Imarisha
"There was once a time i thought prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . whilst I observed for the 1st time (but no longer the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son whilst vacationing hours have been up, merely to be bodily pried off and escorted out through guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this can be the guts of this country's felony procedure. And the criminal method has turn into the center of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.
This isn't any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this inventive nonfiction account are united via the presence of exact harm—sometimes bad violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us at the back of felony partitions to go to her incarcerated brother Kakamia and his fellow inmate Jimmy "Mac" McElroy, a member of the Irish gang the Westies. jointly they discover the questions: humans can do incredible harm to at least one another—and then what? What will we as a society do? What may possibly redemption glance like?
Imarisha does not recoil as she publications us throughout the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing concept for a far messier fact. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that enables readers to attach emotionally with the tales she stocks, and the folk in the back of them.
Walidah Imarisha is a author, organizer, educator, and spoken-word artist. She is the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: technological know-how Fiction tales From Social Justice hobbies and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.
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Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption by Walidah Imarisha