Book Project:

The Carceral Tower

I am currently writing a book called The Carceral Tower, which builds upon my dissertation research. I argue that prison education fails to be as effective as imagined because incarcerated students have their career aspirations and agency completely constrained and are afforded few legal protections and opportunities to succeed after prison. I build this argument using a combination of survey data, government budgets, legislative and agency documents, qualitative interviews with 50 formerly incarcerated men, and an experimental audit study of employers in five states. I demonstrate how constrained individual agency and inadequate legal protections converge to undermine the rehabilitative and educational efforts of incarcerated people. Beyond the costs to returning citizens, The Carceral Tower highlights how this policy failure costs us all.

Racism and Collateral Sanctions Lab (RCSL)