Download e-book for kindle: Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and by Walidah Imarisha

By Walidah Imarisha

ISBN-10: 1849351740

ISBN-13: 9781849351744

"There was once a time i thought prisons existed to rehabilitate humans, to make our groups more secure. . . . whilst I observed for the 1st time (but now not the final) a mom sobbing and clutching her son while vacationing hours have been up, merely to be bodily pried off and escorted out via guards, I knew not anything approximately that made me more secure. this is often the guts of this country's criminal method. And the criminal method has develop into the guts of America."—Walidah Imarisha, from the introduction.

This is not any romanticized story of crime and punishment. the 3 lives during this artistic nonfiction account are united through the presence of tangible harm—sometimes awful violence. Walidah Imarisha, a sexual attack survivor, brings us at the back of felony partitions to go to her incarcerated brother Kakamia and his fellow inmate Jimmy "Mac" McElroy, a member of the Irish gang the Westies. jointly they discover the questions: humans can do incredible harm to at least one another—and then what? What will we as a society do? What may redemption glance like?

Imarisha does not recoil as she publications us during the complexities and contradictions of transformative justice, eschewing concept for a far messier truth. the result's a nuanced and deeply own research that permits readers to attach emotionally with the tales she stocks, and the folk at the back of them.

Walidah Imarisha is a author, organizer, educator, and spoken-word artist. She is the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: technology Fiction tales From Social Justice hobbies and writer of the gathering of poetry Scars/Stars.

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