Jason DeParle, a reporter for The New York Times and an Emerson Fellow at New America, is writing a book about a family of immigrants.
 (February 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

The Sea Swallows People

Samuele Pucillo, a local boy from Lampedusa, in Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary film about the refugee crisis, Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

a film by Gianfranco Rosi

All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration

by Kathleen Newland, with Elizabeth Collett, Kate Hooper, and Sarah Flamm
Fire at Sea “How many people?” A man with an Italian accent shouts through radio static. The voice from the sea sounds desperate. “Two—two hundred fifty.” The dispatcher is patient, a little tired. “Your position?” he says. The desperate man answers, “We beg you!… In the name of God!” “Your …

Kicked Out in America!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2014; photograph by Mark Power from the series ‘Postcards from America’

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

by Matthew Desmond
Matthew Desmond’s gripping and important book Evicted tells disturbing stories in spellbinding detail in service of two main points. One is that growing numbers of low-income households pay crushing shares of their incomes for shelter, leaving inadequate sums for items as basic as medicine and food. The second point is that the evictions aren’t just a consequence of poverty but also a cause.

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

Punishment and Inequality in America

by Bruce Western

Confronting Confinement: A Report of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons

by John J. Gibbons and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach, co-chairs
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 …