Monday, August 26th, 7PM
Books in Print: A Book Club discusses ON THE RUN: FUGITIVE LIFE IN AN AMERICAN CITY by Alice Goffman. Co-hosted with College Guild
A riveting, groundbreaking account of how the war on crime has torn apart inner-city communities. Forty years in, the tough on crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects Black communities. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside. As arrest quotas and high tech surveillance criminalize entire blocks, a climate of fear and suspicion pervades daily life, not only for young men entangled in the legal system, but for their family members and working neighbors. Alice Goffman spent six years in one Philadelphia neighborhood, documenting the routine stops, searches, raids, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age. This fugitive world is the hidden counterpoint to mass incarceration, the grim underside of our nation's social experiment in punishing Black men and their families. While recognizing the drug trade's damage, ON THE RUN reveals a justice system gone awry: it is an exemplary work of scholarship highlighting the failures of the War on Crime, and a compassionate chronicle of the families caught in the midst of it.
Books In Print: A Book Club is collaborating with College Guild for our August 2019 selection. College Guild’s mission is to stimulate in prisoners an interest in lifelong learning by providing a selection of free, non-traditional correspondence courses. College Guild is not affiliated with any religious or political group. Their courses are designed to be both thought-provoking and fun while encouraging objectivity and creativity.