Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

https://www.youtube.com/embed/1t0hA7byLpE “The New Plantation takes us into the chaos of Rikers Island, giving us the vivid voices of young men–kids, really–caught in the unrelenting grip of institutional racism. I found it riveting.” –Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, Ernie’s Ark, and One-in-a-Million Boy “It’s easy to forget people of whatever age who have been disappeared by … Continue reading Sixth in a Series of Readings from The New Plantation: Lessons from Rikers Island

Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/prison-industrial-complex-slavery-racism.html#permid=sContainer&permid=102092349:102092349 Several years ago, my law office was fighting for the release of a black man who had been condemned, at the age of 16, to die in prison. Matthew was one of 62 Louisiana children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonhomicide offenses. But a case I’d argued at the Supreme Court was part … Continue reading Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery