Some lines here – Introduction:
Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project, and the author of “Race to Incarcerate”, which has just been released in graphic format, illustrated by Sabrina Jones, as “Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling” (The New Press).
Mauer’s knowledge about the prison-industrial complex in the United States – which has the highest percentage of incarcerated individuals in the world – is extensive. “Race to Incarcerate” is considered a landmark indictment of a system that locks the poor and minorities up with abandon, while largely neglecting support systems for reintegration back to society.
Furthermore, a large percentage of US prisoners are jailed for nonviolent drug “crimes,” and they are largely black and Latino males. This creates a perpetual cycle of incarceration and re-incarceration for what one could argue are largely crimes of economic need or committed in environments where the only hope lies in drug use. And the imprisonment is at great cost to the American taxpayer, with funds that could be better spent improving the job prospects of those who are commodities for the prison-industrial complex.