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Reading our past for the future

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FOR PROOF THAT THE PAST lives in the present, look no further than the news earlier this year that prisons in Florida, North Carolina and other states had banned inmates from reading The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander’s influential book about race and the evolution of mass incarceration. Although some bans were overturned, it goes to

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