Race to Incarcerate
A Graphic Retelling
Publication Date: August 2012
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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.
Sabrina Jones is the author of Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography and a contributor to World War 3 Illustrated, Wobblies!, The Real Cost of Prisons, Studs Terkel’s Working (The New Press), FDR and the New Deal for Beginners, Yiddishkeit, and Radical Jesus. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Race to Incarcerate, a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and the co-editor, with Meda Chesney-Lind, of Invisible Punishment (both available from The New Press). He lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Michelle Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow.