The New York Times Magazine

Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery

Bryan Stevenson

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From The New York Times Magazine: “Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery” by Bryan Stevenson.

Our criminal justice system is still shaped by a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment born on the plantation...

Book Cover for "Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery"

PREVIEW

From The New York Times Magazine: “Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery” by Bryan Stevenson.

Our criminal justice system is still shaped by a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment born on the plantation...