The Shadow System by Sylvia A. Harvey audiobook

The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

By Sylvia A. Harvey
Read by Janina Edwards

Bold Type Books 9781568588803

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781549131899

  • ISBN: 9781549131875

Runtime: 8.73 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families-including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked up


In The Shadow System, award-winning journalist Sylvia A. Harvey follows the fears, challenges, and small victories of three families struggling to live within the confines of a brutal system. In Florida, a 20-year-old black man tries to maintain a relationship with his daughter despite a sentence of life without parole. In Kentucky, where the opioid epidemic has led to the increased incarceration of women, many of whom are white, one mother fights for custody of her children. In Mississippi, a wife steels herself for her husband's thirty-ninth year in prison and does her best to keep their sons close.


Through these stories, Harvey reveals a shadow system of laws and regulations enacted to dehumanize the incarcerated and profit off their families--from mandatory sentencing laws, to restrictions on prison visitation, to astronomical charges for brief phone calls.


The Shadow System is an eye-opening account of the way incarceration has impacted generations of American families; it delivers a galvanizing clarion call to fix this broken system.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A black journalist with firsthand experience of the incarceration system’s impact on families, especially children, reveals its many wrongs…with adequate statistics to back up her arguments…A solid combination of research, compassion, and anger that sheds light on a highly flawed system.” Kirkus Reviews
“My brother was imprisoned for 30 years. I know firsthand just how devastating the impact of imprisonment is on a family. Sylvia A. Harvey’s The Shadow System is an emotionally powerful and devastating analysis of how the prison system punishes and profits from families caught in its clutches. This urgent book makes us aware that the some of the heaviest costs of incarceration are borne by children and families.” Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Sylvia A. Harvey

Author Bio: Sylvia A. Harvey

Sylvia A. Harvey reports at the intersection of race, class, and policy. Her work has appeared in The Nation, VQR, Elle, Colorlines, the Feminist Wire, the New York Post, and more. She is the recipient of a National Headliner Award and a National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence award. A native of Oakland, California, she holds a BA degree in sociology from Columbia University and a MS in journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English