For Your Consideration 

September 1, 2020

Eye opening reads about the institutional racism embedded in US housing policies and prisons, especially for profit prisons

THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, c.2017 by Richard Rothstein.  This is a searing expose of the building permit guidelines, private covenants, lending policies, employment discrimination, placement of interstate freeways,  real estate sales practice, civic action, and brutality which has resulted in the housing segregation of White people and African Americans.  This was by design, not default.  Its effects are enduring and flamboyant today

AMERICAN PRISON: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment, c. 2018 by Shane Bauer. Mr. Baurer is a reporter who in 2009 was one of three Americans who was imprisoned in Iran, he for 26 months, after hiking near Iranian border in Iraq.  He is a contributor to Mother Jones.  He hired as an entry level prison correction officer (guard) at Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana, managed by then Corrections Corporation of America, on a for profit basis.  He alternates between his shocking discoveries of deficiencies at Winn and the history of the prison system in America.  The latter exposes the rise of America's prison system, post civil war convict leasing, and the re-enactment of the slavery of African American In pubic and for private prison systems.  (The UC Constitution has this loophole.)  In both scenarios, African Americans are/were re-enslaved and state treasuries and private companies are/were enriched..  He documents that this abuse continues today. Its jacket reads, " It is a blistering indictment ...A necessary document about the true face of justice in America."  It truly is.

Kathryn Rood, Plymouth Library Committee



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