Author: Brenden Beck

Brenden Beck is a PhD student in sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center studying policing, suburbs, and inequality. He is an organizer with Milk Not Jails, an urban-rural alliance building economic alternatives to prisons in New York state.

Crime, Incarceration, and the Left

Those disturbed by the United States’ largest-in-the-world incarceration rate have some new reasons to be cautiously optimistic. President Obama nominated an opponent of the drug war to the Justice Department’s highest civil rights position, signaling the possibility that the costly and counterproductive imprisonment of drug users may be coming to an end.