May 11, 2012 2:14 AM

Commentary: Endless punishment in the U.S. justice system

I promised Russell I would ask you something. We met last week in a medium security correctional facility. There, I spent a couple hours talking with a group of men who are studying for their GEDs. I stressed to them the need for long-term goals, the criticality of education in an era where good-paying, low-skill jobs are going away and the importance of refusing to allow oneself to be defined by whatever box of race or class society has placed you in.

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