Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World

Incarceration Nations A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World Baz Dreisinger travels behind bars in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe Incarceration Nations is a first person odyssey throu

  • Title: Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World
  • Author: Baz Dreisinger
  • ISBN: 9781590517277
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Baz Dreisinger travels behind bars in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first person odyssey through the prison systems of the world Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison to College Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and womeBaz Dreisinger travels behind bars in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first person odyssey through the prison systems of the world Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison to College Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America s most far reaching global exports the modern prison complex.From serving as a restorative justice facilitator in a notorious South African prison and working with genocide survivors in Rwanda, to launching a creative writing class in an overcrowded Ugandan prison and coordinating a drama workshop for women prisoners in Thailand, Dreisinger examines the world behind bars with equal parts empathy and intellect She journeys to Jamaica to visit a prison music program, to Singapore to learn about approaches to prisoner reentry, to Australia to grapple with the bottom line of private prisons, to a federal supermax in Brazil to confront the horrors of solitary confinement, and finally to the so called model prisons of Norway Incarceration Nations concludes with climactic lessons about the past, present, and future of justice.

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    1. I read this book for my Social Justice class and I had the honor of meeting the author (and having her sign my book).This book was insanely good. Our class had just read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness prior to this and this book out shined it in comparison. The New Jim Crow left me dissatisfied at the end, offering me no real, clear, solution to the problem. This book, however, did and gave me hope for the future. Additionally, her writing style is incredible. [...]

    2. This book’s premise caught my attention: an American professor of criminal justice travels the world to study and compare various prison systems. Unfortunately, despite a promising beginning, it turns out to be less an in-depth learning experience than the author’s touring a bunch of prisons and using them as a soapbox to argue for the abolition of incarceration.Dreisinger, who teaches college classes in a New York prison, visited prisons in Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Jamaica, Thailand, B [...]

    3. As one who has spent more than 20 years as a volunteer teacher in prison, I wanted to read Baz Dreisinger's Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World. Dr. Dreisinger is an Associate Professor in the English Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and the founder and Academic Director of the Prison-to-College Pipeline program, which helps incarcerated men and women obtain college degrees. Before talking about the book, however, let me lay a little p [...]

    4. Incarceration Nations is my book club book for February. Over the past few weeks, I've become fascinated by the prison system in America. My first book on the topic was Michelle Alexander's, The New Jim Crow which gave staggering statistics specifically about the African American population imprisoned in America. Baz Dreisinger's work is more focused on the problem from a macro level. She visited several prisons throughout the world and documented what she found. Basically, no one (except possib [...]

    5. "Here there is a world apart, unlike everything else, with laws of its own, its own dress, its own manners and customs, and here is the house of the living dead - life as nowhere else and a people apart." F.M. Dostoevskij - The House of the DeadWhat does losing your freedom means in Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Singapore and Norway?When an English professor, criminal educator and criminal justice activist embarks on a 2 year pilgrimage to prisons around the world what you have is an asto [...]

    6. Groundbreaking? Not quite. Necessary for the world? Absolutely.Dreisinger visits nine countries and sees how they handle prisoners. That's it. Like the documentary 'Happy' - she does this in a straightforward way. She visits places and asks questions.The answer isn't one anyone wants to hear, probably even more Inconvenient than Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming: Teen Edition.The answer is mainly found in Norway - 'Treat prisoners like dirt, and they will be dirt. Tre [...]

    7. Highly recommended if you are interested in mass incarceration on a global scale and the importance of colonialism and slavery in European, African and Asian Countries and their relationship to correctional/punitive systems. Didn't need a white woman's opinions on countries of color and how she "feels them in her spirit".

    8. When I found myself flipping pages looking for the page that would hold my interest and found I had neared the end of the book, I realized Incarceration Nations and I were not compatible.

    9. This book is about the U.S. criminal justice system, in how it compares to criminal justice systems around the world. This book is broken down into nine chapters, each chapter describes a specific country's criminal justice system. This book delves into the history behind the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as the countries that are highlighted in this book. It talks about the author's journey in finding answers to questions that were haunting the author's mind. I really enjoyed this book. [...]

    10. I really struggled with this one. It seemed like a perfect, timely book about the various prison systems in the world (although not the one in the US). I thought this would be a good compliment to other books I've read (such as 'The New Jim Crow') and give me insight. Instead, this seemed like a really tough read. The premise is that author Dreisinger looks at a different country (which is mostly divided chapter by chapter) and their prison systems. What it's like to be in these prisons, why th [...]

    11. This book doesn't belong in the general nonfiction section. It belongs in memoirs. I get really, really annoyed by books that purport themselves to be a nonfiction discussion of a controversial topic, and are actually just an excuse for the author to praise themselves and discuss their own (largely irrelevant) lives. Dreisinger's book is a prime example of this. Why do books that focus on the African continent seem to be especially guilty of this? A recent comparison would be We Are Not Such Thi [...]

    12. INCARCERATION NATIONS: A JOURNEY TO JUSTIC IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD caught my attention immediately. I have been involved in prison ministry since 2004. I have experienced firsthand the injustice. The works of power, dehumanizing, greed, politics, injustice, repercussion from what we are born into, and the affects of such doings.Before purchasing a book, – unless it is of a favorite author – I scan the reviews. The first one I go to is a one star. I like to know the best and worst of what [...]

    13. I think this is one of the most important books I will read this year. Here are some hard truths from the research: America is the world's largest jailer, with 2.3 million people behind bars or 1 and 100 adults. With 5% of the world's population , we're home to nearly 25% of its prison population. One in 30 adults or 7 million are under some form of correctional control. Up to 25% of the adult prison population suffers from mental illness. In federal prison 51% are incarcerated for drug offenses [...]

    14. Dreisinger writes about such a timely topic and this book is such an eye opener in so many ways. I will definitely recommended it to my friends for its vivid profiles of the many resilient, tragic, prisoners that Baz meets , but it really deserves two stars because of the writing. The writing is not clunky or difficult to understand,but it is obvious that each article or piece was written originally as a blog article or NPR podcast. The writing tends to tell and not show and gives off the feelin [...]

    15. I really loved this book, and found it very compelling to learn about various prison systems around the world. After reading this I really found myself thinking about the penal system. (Read for Book Riot Live 2016)

    16. Incarceration Nations is a book with a fantastic amount of potential and an excellent premise but with some fundamental issues that curtailed my enjoyment while reading it.The Good:Exploring nine different countries with often times radically different ways of examining incarceration is a nice touch. The author also manages to get some interesting interviews and tidbits while spending time in these countries.The Bad:The book often reads like a series of eight different essays with an overarching [...]

    17. I deeply admire this author, both for her life's work with the Prison-to-College Pipeline project, and the ambitious undertaking that is the subject of this book--a whirlwind tour of prisons in several country's prisons, from a horrific and inhumane supermax in Brazil to a more enlightened and truly rehabilitative prison in Norway. At first, I felt that the chapters for each prison visit, where Dreisinger sometimes taught writing workshops, or talked about education in prisons, were too quick. I [...]

    18. Incarceration nations is not a scholarly comparative study of prison systems around the world. So if that is one expects going in, you will necessarily be disappointed. However the subtitle of the book, "A journey to justice in prisons around the world," hints at its actual purpose. It is more of an intellectual and quasi-spiritual travel journal of a journalist/professor of English who samples what incarceration, justice, and redemption mean and look like in Singapore, Rwanda, Norway, Jamaica, [...]

    19. I had a hard time deciding if I should give this book 2 or 3 stars. I decided on 3 because I did enjoy the read. Learning about prisons around the world is fascinating. (Seriously, Norway, what is even going on over there? Mind blown.) But this is not a serious work of nonfiction dealing with issues of mass incarceration and providing realistic options for how the US can fix its racist, broken, illogical system. This is instead one person's memoir about traveling to different prisons and reporti [...]

    20. Synopsis: Dr. Dreisinger travels to different prisons around the world, giving 2-day seminars to the prisoners and comparing the pros and cons of each prison system.My Thoughts: I admit this book wasn’t quite what I expected. I expected it to have more complaints (with evidence) about the problems of over-incarceration. Although it did contain such comments, that was not the point of the book. It was a fascinating description of different prisons throughout the world and what they were doing r [...]

    21. Highly thought provoking. Focus on ignoring the author's obvious slant (and in several places her hypocrisy) and instead paying attention to her recordings of the different systems. It's really tragically astounding how committed we are to a system that isn't working. What I appreciated most about this book isn't that it offers a definitive solutions (while at times I was frustrated by the author, I did appreciate her honesty and transparency in stating she doesn't know what the answer is), but [...]

    22. Very interesting and easy read. I really enjoyed learning about the differences and similarities across continents. I'm not sure how I feel about how she wraps it all up just yet. She quickly paints a utopian view of prison and criminal justice reform at the end, but I'm not sure how much it really incorporates and synthesizes everything she learned and shares from the countries she visited. Highly recommend reading and seeing for yourself.

    23. Not a perfect book by any means and I'd say it's more of a 3.5 -- but I enjoyed the scope of what the book covered and the writers clear passion for her field of work. IfYou're worried about it being too dry, I would say this is more of a narrative account of a personal experience than a data/policy driven book.

    24. This book was a very slow read for me and I liked some chapters more than others. Overall it got me thinking about prisons, restoritive justice, and correctional policies in a new way. It used concrete exampled of models from prisons around the world. I would recommend this if you want to do some thinking on this topic.

    25. The book greatly suffers from its framework: it's written like a travel memoir rather than a work of scholarship or investigative journalism, and that has the unfortunate consequences of centering the writer's whiteness/discomfort and burying the important data in extraneous details and descriptions. Was tired of it after the first few pages, and ended up skimming for data by the end.

    26. Everyone should read this. EVERYONE. I'm so distraught yet hopeful for justice as a journey (thankful she ended in Norway!) that I can't even fully write a meaningful review. Just read it. Be informed. Be conscious.

    27. This book is one of those books that inspires you to do something to bring about change in the world! I read Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy last summer & this book shows us what is happening in other countries in their criminal justice systems. The authors story is well written & inspiring!!!

    28. 2.5*Felt like her feelings outweighed facts. Would have appreciated more statistics and a longer look at each prison system. Felt no attachment to any characters, like I believe Dreisinger had hoped we would. Overall underwhelming.

    29. A look at how other countries are addressing the problem of mass incarceration. The author explores the interesting concepts used in several less prosperous countries than the United States and how their ideas about rehabilitation are shaping their prisons. Very thought provoking.

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