Educate Yourself and Others
What could be called the bible of the movement to end mass incarceration and racism within criminal justice, this book is a must read for anyone involved with organizing against racism and mass incarceration. Broken On All Sides parallels the message of the book, and Michelle Alexander is featured in the movie.
The Sentencing Project is a national organization working for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing law and practice, and alternatives to incarceration. Many studies and statistics in Broken On All Sides were informed by the Sentencing Project's extensive studies.
Introduction to "Restorative Justice." An alternative to criminal justice systems that focus on crimes and the individual committing them, restorative justice looks at the act done, and how justice can be restored for the victim, the community, and the individual committing the act.
The Real Cost of Prisons Project brings together justice activists, artists, justice policy researchers and people directly experiencing the impact of mass incarceration to create popular education materials and other resources which explore the immediate and long-term costs of incarceration on the individual, her/his family, community and the nation.
Prison Activist Resource Center is a prison abolitionist group that has many resources available for activists and educators. Their work includes building action networks and materials that expose the continuing neglect and outright torture of more than 2 million people imprisoned within the USA; as well as the 5+ million who are under some form of surveillance and control by the so-called justice system.
The Prison Policy Initiative documents the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, communities, and the national welfare in order to empower the public to improve criminal justice policy. Our main focus is on ending prison-based gerrymandering, the distortion in our democratic process caused by the Census Bureau's practice of counting people where they are confined, not where they come from.
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation's leading organization promoting alternatives to current drug policy that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. LEAP believes a system of legalization and regulation will end the violence, better protect human rights, safeguard our children, reduce crime and disease, treat drug abusers as patients, reduce addiction, use tax dollars more efficiently, and restore the public's respect and trust in law enforcement.
Books about Prisons, Criminal Justice, Racism, & Capitalism
Click the links and scroll down to find a copy in your local library! If there's not one near you, ask your librarian to order it.
- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
- Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki
- The Celling of America: An Inside Look at the U.S. Prison Industry edited by Daniel Burton-Rose
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- The Condemnation of Little B. by Elaine Brown
- Dangerous or Endangered? Race and the Politics or Youth in Urban America by Jennifer Tilton
- Golden Gulag by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
- Good Punishment? by James Samuel Logan
- Inside this Place, Not of It: Narratives from WomenÕs Prisons compiled and edited by Robin Levi & Ayelet Waldman
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr
- Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis by Christian Parenti
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams
- Pennsylvania Imprisons Blacks at Highest Rate by Leonard C. Jefferson
- The Political Economy of Racism by Melvin Leiman
- Race, Crime, and Punishment: Breaking the Connection in America edited by Keith Lawrence
What people are saying
"Broken On All Sides is a compelling documentary addressing racial inequities within our criminal justice system and its devastating collateral consequences. It is an excellent resource to use in educating, motivating, and empowering your group, organization, or community on this critical issue."
James E. Williams, Jr.
Public Defender & Chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System
"Broken On All Sides is an invaluable teaching resource. The American penal system has to be at the center of any discussion of racial inequality, and this documentary powerfully demonstrates the human toll of this inhumane system. While clear-eyed in its assessment of the many obstacles to change, it is a compelling call to action."
Instructor of Racial Politics, University of Virginia