Today is the official publication date for my latest book, Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform.  Over the coming days and weeks, I’ll be posting news and reflections related to the book.  Here’s the cover:

CoxsackiecoverThe photograph on the cover was taken by the well-known artist Ben Shahn, during the course of his preparations for a mural to have been painted for the under-construction Rikers Island Penitentiary in New York City.  This photo shows teenage prisoners at the old New York City Reformatory.  Shahn was granted permission to take the photos from NYC Corrections Commissioner Austin MacCormick, who had taken a great interest in the proposed project.  MacCormick, and the mural, help frame the first chapter, “The Reformer’s Mural.”

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