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Ronald Reagan Made the War on Drugs a Race to Incarcerate

Monday, April 29, 2013 By Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer, The New Press | Book Excerpt
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(Image: The New Press)(Image: The New Press)Sabrina Jones takes the prison-industrial complex and illustrates Marc Mauer's seminal “Race to Incarcerate” in the just-published “graphic retelling.”  

Truthout discussed the book with Mauer recently in “How the Prison-Industrial Complex Destroys Lives” This is an accessible, documented history of how the United States has come to have the largest percentage of its citizens in prison: 25 percent of people in the world who are incarcerated.

Support Truthout's mission. "Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" is yours with a minimum donation to Truthout of $25  or a monthly donation of $15.

The following graphic cartoon excerpt depicts how the Reagan administration politicized the war on drugs and helped accelerate the filling of US prisons beyond capacity, ruining lives and racializing justice:

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

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Copyright 2013 by the New Press based on the “Race to Incarcerate” by Marc Mauer. Cannot be reprinted without permission of the publisher.

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission of the author.

Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer

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, DC. He is the author of Race to Incarcerate, a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the coeditor, with Meda Chesney-Lind, of Invisible Punishment (both available from The New Press). He lives in the Washington, DC, area.

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Ronald Reagan Made the War on Drugs a Race to Incarcerate

Monday, April 29, 2013 By Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer, The New Press | Book Excerpt
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

(Image: The New Press)(Image: The New Press)Sabrina Jones takes the prison-industrial complex and illustrates Marc Mauer's seminal “Race to Incarcerate” in the just-published “graphic retelling.”  

Truthout discussed the book with Mauer recently in “How the Prison-Industrial Complex Destroys Lives” This is an accessible, documented history of how the United States has come to have the largest percentage of its citizens in prison: 25 percent of people in the world who are incarcerated.

Support Truthout's mission. "Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" is yours with a minimum donation to Truthout of $25  or a monthly donation of $15.

The following graphic cartoon excerpt depicts how the Reagan administration politicized the war on drugs and helped accelerate the filling of US prisons beyond capacity, ruining lives and racializing justice:

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Race to Incarcerate

Support Truthout's mission. "Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling" is yours with a minimum donation to Truthout of $25 (which includes shipping and handling) or a monthly donation of $15.

Copyright 2013 by the New Press based on the “Race to Incarcerate” by Marc Mauer. Cannot be reprinted without permission of the publisher.

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission of the author.

Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer

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, DC. He is the author of Race to Incarcerate, a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the coeditor, with Meda Chesney-Lind, of Invisible Punishment (both available from The New Press). He lives in the Washington, DC, area.