Race to Incarcerate

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Race to Incarcerate

A Graphic Retelling

By Marc Mauer; Sabrina Jones; Michelle Alexander (Foreword by)

New Press, Paperback, 9781595585417, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2013


The United States’ rate of incarceration is the highest in the world. Why and how did this happen? Marc Mauer’s Race to Incarcerate, first published in 1999, is the essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system and has become canonical for those active in the U.S. criminal justice reform movement.

Now, Sabrina Jones, a member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective and the acclaimed author of several politically engaged comics, collaborated with Mauer to adapt and update the analysis and history of that seminal book into a vivid graphic narrative designed to reach a mainstream audience. Jones’s dramatic artwork adds passion and compassion to the complex story of four decades of prison expansion and its corrosive effect on generations of African Americans in particular. In this highly accessible format, Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling presents a compelling argument that mass incarceration has replaced the kind of civic institutions and economic welfare crucial to creating a just society.

About the Author
Marc Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project. He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections, and the American Bar Association. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.