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Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

April 11, 2013
Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones
Marc Mauer’s landmark book on race, class, and the criminal justice system has been adapted as a work of inspired graphic storytelling by Sabrina Jones.

Marc Mauer’s Race to Incarcerate, first published in 1999, has become an essential text for understanding the exponential growth of the U.S. prison system and a canonical work for those active in the U.S. criminal justice reform movement.

race_to_incarcerate_graphic_retelling_coverJonathan Kozol, the writer and education activist, called it: “A tremendously disturbing and important book about the devastating increase in our prison population…the questions that it poses call for answers that too few of those in power have been brave enough to give.”
Now, graphic artist Sabrina Jones has collaborated with Mauer to adapt and update the original text to produce Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling, a vivid and engaging comics narrative. 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 Americans and the implications for American democracy.
In the foreword, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, calls the book “utterly indispensable” to the understanding of the human rights nightmare that mass incarceration is today.

If current trends continue, one of every three black males and one of every six Latino males born today can expect to find themselves in prison at some point of their lives. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling, in this highly accessible format, chronicles the lives of those imprisoned and the fallout from a failed social policy. With more than two million people now imprisoned, this book is more essential than ever.

The book is published by The New Press and available from its catalog and national booksellers.

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.

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).

Michelle Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow.


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