The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein
Government agencies used public housing to clear mixed neighborhoods and create segregated ones. Governments built highways as buffers to keep the races apart. They used federal mortgage insurance to usher in an era of suburbanization on the condition that developers keep blacks out. From New Dealers to county sheriffs, government agencies at every level helped impose segregation.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …