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A Conversation With Reuben Miller on Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

April 8, 2021
5:30 PM
Online

Reuben Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, will discuss his new and acclaimed book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration on Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. ET with Bundles Scholar and Reverend Vivian Nixon in a conversation moderated by Bruce Western.

Praised as a “powerful book” (New York Times) and “seminal work” (NPR), Miller describes incarceration’s “afterlife” — how a single arrest can follow a person “like a ghost.” Halfway Home is based on 15 years of research and practice with currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, their families, partners, and friends, weaving their stories into a “bracing account [that] makes clear just how high the deck is stacked against the formerly incarcerated." (Publishers Weekly)

Informed by Miller’s experience as the son and brother of incarcerated men, Halfway Home is a poignant and eye-opening call to arms that reveals how laws, rules, and regulations extract a tangible cost not only from those working to rebuild their lives, but also our democracy. As Miller concludes, America must acknowledge and value the lives of its formerly imprisoned citizens.