July/August 2013 Issue Index
Criminal Justice - Annual Book Review Issue
Criminal Justice Book Reviews
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness|
Review by Dawn Jeglum Bartusch
In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander has written a powerful and provocative analysis of mass incarceration in the United States. Her goal “is to stimulate a much-needed conversation about the role of the criminal justice system in creating and perpetuating racial hierarchy in the United States." Given how widely read and discussed her book has become, in very diverse circles, I’d say that she has achieved that goal.
Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice
Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment |
Review by Amy Levad
Mass incarceration, or the prison-industrial complex, will not end without a movement for justice, and Christians must participate in this movement both because our faith demands it and because the movement will never succeed without us. Logan’s Good Punishment? offers a vision that could help Christians see their role in such a movement. Despite the strength of his argument, several areas could use more attention.
Response to Professor Levad’s Review of
Response by James Logan
While Professor Levad finds the initial three chapters of Good Punishment? to be sound enough on the whole, particularly with respect to my discussion of “African-American populations,” she is worried that some areas of my work “could use more attention.” To her concerns, I offer the following.
The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance |
Review by James Logan
The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-Incarceration presents a rare, unflinching, and provocative confrontation of White Catholic complicity in the contemporary U.S. scourge of mass incarceration. Catholic theologians Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, and Margaret Pfeil offer with this text an invitation to White Christians to mount a concrete, spirit-based response to their participation (wittingly or unwittingly) in U.S. hyper-incarceration.
The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights
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Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 13, Issue 4