Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times, is the author of American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare. (April 2007)

A Letter on Rape in Prisons

The following letter was received in response to Jason DeParle’s “The American Prison Nightmare” in the April 12 issue of The New York Review. To the Editors: Jason DeParle’s thoughtful and wide-ranging overview of American incarceration policy and its consequences hardly mentions rape in detention. Yet this is not a …

The American Prison Nightmare

Among the many jarring sights I have witnessed as a reporter writing about poverty, one of the saddest involved a father, a son, and a maximum security prison outside Joliet, Illinois. The son, a voluble thirteen-year-old named Dwayne, wasn’t a bad kid but had become increasingly troublesome in class. His …