USA Jail Fever


James Kilgore

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The USA has by far the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and James Kilgore spells out the many causes and factors and results of this in Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time. Looking at the War on Drugs, sentencing changes, probation/parole conditions, immigration penalties, schools as jails, and many more topics, lights go on and we have the possibility of understanding - and changing - our sick criminal justice system. James Kilgore is an adjunct instructor of global studies and urban planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

James Kilgore has also written 3 novels:
We Are All Zimbabweans Now
Freedom Never Rests: A Tale of Democracy in South Africa
Prudence Couldn’t Swim


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Kilgore on Mass Incarceration

This is a concise, fast-forward laying out of the problem. He goes further than others to point out the sources of the problem, including the over all stigmatization of those with a record. Helpful was the history of having our police be the answer to more and more public health problems, e.g., police in schools, the New York City jail being the largest "mental health" facility in our nation. Excellent interview!

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