The Carceral Geography Working Group of the RGS-IBG is delighted to publish the second in its new series of book reviews.
This time, the reviewers are a group of sixteen men imprisoned in the maximum security Oregon State Penitentiary in the United States, and ten individuals currently or formerly involved in higher education at the University of Oregon and Chemeketa Community College (students and faculty) who work with them. Together this group forms ACE (Another Chance at Education), a steering committee for the University of Oregon Prison Education Committee’s educational efforts within the prison, and its participants in the national Inside-Out Prison Education Exchange Program, which brings together incarcerated and campus-based students for college classes within penal settings.
ACE have reviewed Cormac Behan’s Citizen Convicts: Prisoners, Politics and the Vote, a book which, in addressing prisoner (dis)enfranchisement, is of particular relevance to them. Their jointly written review is a reflection both of their reading of the text, and of their experience in resisting the civil death, isolation, and disempowerment that is characteristic of mass incarceration in the United States.
Read the review here.