Mercy in Prison Isn’t Truly Just

Mercy in Prison Isn’t Truly Just

“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can’t otherwise see; you hear things you can’t otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us.” – Goodreads   Image Via Amazon   One of the most powerful books, Just Mercy, reached theaters on Christmas Day. While we find ourselves diving deep into the prison systems, those incarcerated …

Broaden Your Mind With This Week’s Non-Fiction Picks

Broaden Your Mind With This Week’s Non-Fiction Picks

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Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high-quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks center around the theme of current best-sellers, showcasing what nonfiction books are the biggest hits with audiences! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!   5. The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang   Image via Amazon The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang is a collection of thirteen essays that offer a new vocabulary and discussion topics regarding the perils of mental illness. The …

U.S. Prisons Ban Books Critical of Criminal Justice System

U.S. Prisons Ban Books Critical of Criminal Justice System

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For a country intent on the loosest possible definitions of free speech, one of our most marginalized populations is subject to an insidious degree of censorship. The United States—the world leader in incarceration, imprisoning 2.2 million at this very moment—is fixated on free speech, but we favor the adjective over the verb. Prisons throughout the country are banning books that disagree with the racial disparity in U.S. prisons, the prison-industrial complex, and other incisive critiques of mass incarceration. And some are banning books altogether: one Georgia jail recently imposed a ban on all books, excluding only religious texts. Louisiana has …