Join us for another installment of Longreads... it's like book club, but without the folks who never read the book.
This month we're taking a dive into America's private prisons. Just last week, the Justice Department issued a landmark statement calling for the end of private prisons - and we think the undercover investigation published in Monther Jones was not only a phenomenal piece of journalism, but also a catalyst for social justice.
We'll read up on the history of the systems, what the journalist uncovered, and the specific statement from the Justice Department... and discussion of HBO's "The Night Of" will also be 100% on the table (finale on Sunday Aug 28! CATCH UP it's only 8 episodes!).
PS - Our feature piece (the investigation) is very long - start early or make sure you get your background in!
- Phasing Out Our Use Of Private Prisons, Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, Justice Department
- A Brief History of America's Private Prison Industry, Madison Pauly, Mother Jones
- My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation, Shane Bauer, Mother Jones
- This Is What's Missing From Journalism, Monika Bauerlein & Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones