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Prisons and Incarceration

Prisons and Incarceration

Prisons locally, nationally, and internationally exist in an intersection of intent, reality, unreality, and unfettered power. This guide seeks to provide information on the history, statistical significance, justice and lack thereof, scholarly analysis, and WUSTL's engagement with prisons and its returning citizens.  

“Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for truly no good law enforcement reason.” Beth Macy (Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America)

No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones. Nelson Mandela (

America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life. George W. Bush (