Maria Bordt (Tennessee): Self-Sustaining Capitalism: The Prison Industrial Complex, Alienation, and Simulated Reality. Anita Mukherjee (Penn): Does Prison Privatization Distort Justice? Evidence on Time Served and Recidivism. From the Seattle Times, a special investigation by Michael J. Berens and Mike Baker on how a broken prison labor program fails to keep promises, costs millions; on how Washington state lost $1 million in a cutthroat mattress-recycling scheme; and on the real reason license plates have cost so much money. This is what happens when we lock children in solitary confinement. A living death: Sentenced to die behind bars for what? The quiet horrors of house arrest, electronic monitoring, and other alternative forms of incarceration: Maya Schenwar on how imprisonment extends beyond the jailhouse into every arena of American life. Why are so many Americans in prison? Leon Neyfakh on a provocative new theory. The U.S. has more jails than colleges — here’s a map of where those prisoners live.

Jason L. Mallory (Polk State): Denying Pell Grants to Prisoners: Race, Class, and the Philosophy of Mass Incarceration. Brady T Heiner (CSU-Fullerton): Excavating the Sedimentations of Slavery: The Unfinished Project of American Abolition. The first chapter from Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism by Andrew Dilts. The Prison Reform Blues: Chris Epps wanted to reform Mississippi’s harsh, decrepit prison system — now he’s facing three centuries in the slammer. The disgrace of our criminal justice: David Cole reviews Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson; The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences, ed. Jeremy Travis, Bruce Western, and Steve Redburn; and Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America by Jonathan Simon. Jamelle Bouie on Dick Cheney’s America: Of course Americans are OK with torture — look at how we treat our prisoners. Gary Silverman reviews Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics by Marie Gottschalk (and more and more and more).