By Rick Ayers | Medium
A book review of Ronald Kitchen’s memoir, My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row (written with Thai Jones and Logan McBride). 2018. Chicago Review Press.
Ronald Kitchen’s memoir, My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge’s Police Torture Ring and Death Row, proceeds with the relentless rhythm of a horror story. You know what you’re getting into from the beginning — you expect a range of jolts and shocks along the way — and yet there’s an unanticipated surprise in Kitchen’s descent into the dungeons and catacombs of our vast prison system: the real horror is all of us. The peculiarly American gulag rides along on our willful blindness, manufactured ignorance, and passive participation.
This course offers an examination of race in the context of the American criminal justice system. Emphasis is placed on the treatment of racial minorities as victims and offenders by law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Dr. Thomas Alexander University of Maryland, College Park View syllabus
By John Hagedorn | Gangs and The Media
The State of Georgia executed Robert Butts Friday night, May 4, 2018 at 9:58 EDT. But the real killer was a lethal injection of stereotypes by prosecutors, callously upheld by the courts. I have a long history with Robert and his co-defendant, Marion Wilson. Since 2005 I’ve testified in various hearings about the pernicious use of gang stereotypes which frightened their juries into returning a death sentence. For Robert, my best efforts failed.
No case in my twenty three years of expert witness work has been characterized by so many inflammatory and false claims about gangs as this one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhObhSenc5s Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander take part in a panel discussion on the issue of mass incarceration at Riverside Church in New York City on September 14, 2012. They answer the questions: what is the problem of mass incarceration and what does it say about the United States society?