Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

By Reuben Jonathan Miller. Reveals a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison. The idea that one can serve their debt and return to life as a full-fledge member of society is one of America’s most nefarious myths. Recently released individuals are faced with jobs that are off-limits, apartments that cannot be occupied and votes that cannot be cast. Informed by the author’s experience as the son and brother of incarcerated men, captures the stories of the men, women, and communities fighting against a system that is designed for them to fail. Shows that the American justice system was not created to rehabilitate and parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised long after they’ve paid their debt to society. Reveals how laws, rules, and regulations extract a tangible cost not only from those working to rebuild their lives, but also our democracy. Read more.