Politics & Prose hosts Doran Larson, author of “Inside Knowledge”
February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Doran Larson will be at Politics & Prose in Washington DC discussing his new book, Inside Knowledge: Incarcerated People on the Failures of the American Prison System, which describes his work with the American Prison Writing Archive and experience teaching writing in the Attica Correctional Facility in New York.
Inside Knowledge makes a powerful argument that America’s prisons not only degrade and debilitate their wards but also defeat the prison’s cardinal missions of rehabilitation, containment, deterrence, and even meaningful retribution.
If prisons are places where convicted people are sent to learn a lesson, then imprisoned people are the ones who know just what American prisons actually teach. At once profound and devastating, Inside Knowledge is an invaluable resource for those interested in addressing mass incarceration in America.
Doran Larson is Edward North Professor of Literature at Hamilton College. He is the author of Witness in the Era of Mass Incarceration, editor of Fourth City: Essays from the Prison in America, and founded and co-directs The American Prison Writing Archive (prisonwitness.org).