Vendor- Austen, Ben
Correction: Parole, Prison, and the Possibility of Change
“Correction provides a revelatory lens for examining mass incarceration." –The Washington Post
A Most Anticipated Book of 2023: Chicago Review of Books, The Chicago Tribune, The Next Big Idea Club
The United States, alone, locks up a quarter of the world’s incarcerated people. And yet apart from clichés―paying a debt to society; you do the crime, you do the time―there is little sense collectively in America what constitutes retribution or atonement. We don’t actually know why we punish.
Ben Austen’s powerful exploration offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of parole. Told through the portraits of two men imprisoned for murder, and the parole board that holds their freedom in the balance, Austen’s unflinching storytelling forces us to reckon with some of the most profound questions underlying the country’s values around crime and punishment. What must someone who commits a terrible act do to get a second chance? What does incarceration seek to accomplish?
An illuminating work of narrative nonfiction, Correction challenges us to consider for ourselves why and who we punish–and how we might find a way out of an era of mass imprisonment.
Hardcover, Nov 7th 2023