The Real Cost of Prisons Comix (The real cost of prisons comix #1-3)
One out of every hundred adults in the U.S. is in prison. This book provides a crash course in what drives mass incarceration, the human and community costs, and how to stop the numbers from going even higher. This volume collects the three comic books published by the Real Cost of Prisons Project. The stories and statistical information in each comic book is thoroughly re...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by PM Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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As activists know all too well, crafting a political message and effectively mobilizing an audience is an elusive task. In The Real Cost Of Prisons, Lois Ahrens and her contributors beautifully stage a difficult dialogue—about mass incarceration, mandatory sentencing, and the “war on drugs”—with comics. Comics are an accessible, popular form of education, and most importantly, addictive, and hence become a subversive way to raise awareness. The Real Cost of Prisons Project has distributed 115,00...more
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Would be great teaching material for middle and high school students, and worksheets for activists in youth organizations. Defines terms and explains issues in a clear, simple, accessible way. Easy to relate to, and a great introduction to a more in-depth look at policies that rip apart communities and destroy lives.
A nice little piece of propaganda. I just attended an entire day about literacy, and graphic novels/comic books were mentioned as a good way to even get people interested in reading. This graphic novel addresses the issues with the "war on drugs", increased incarceration of women, and of course, the racism inherent in the justice system.