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Behind Bars: The Injustice of Justice

Shane Bauer went behind the bars to learn more about private prisons. Lara Bazelon cataloged the injustices inflicted on the wrongly convicted. Albert Woodfox spent 40 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit. Meet three authors dedicated to bringing about change to our draconian penal system.

Shane Bauer

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter for Mother Jones. His most recent book, "American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment" was named one of the 10 best books of 2018 by the New York Times and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction....

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Lara Bazelon

A long-time advocate for the wrongly incarcerated, Lara Bazelon's new book is "Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction." An associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, she is the director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics....

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Albert Woodfox

Albert Woodfox spent 40 years in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit at Louisiana's infamous Angola prison -- this is the longest solitary confinement in American history. A committed activist while incarcerated, he remains so today, speaking to a wide array of audiences, including the Innocence Project, Harvard, Yale and other universities, the National Lawyers Guild, as well as at Amnesty International events in London, Paris, Denmark, Sweden and Belgium....

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