The Pew Center on the States issued a report today stating that one in 100 American adults are currently behind bars. The New York Times reports that one in 15 black Americans are incarcerated and one in 9 young black men. Duke Press’s book Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy provides some context to this troubling news. Editor Joy James assembles scholars, activists, and current and former prisoners in this interesting and disturbing collection. Through biography, diary entries, and criticism, the contributors
collectively assert that the United States wages war against enemies
abroad and against its own people at home.