Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations
is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world.
Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline,
Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women
and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a
world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of
America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex.
serving as a restorative justice facilitator in a notorious South
African prison and working with genocide survivors in Rwanda, to
launching a creative writing class in an overcrowded Ugandan prison and
coordinating a drama workshop for women prisoners in Thailand,
Dreisinger examines the world behind bars with equal parts empathy and
intellect. She journeys to Jamaica to visit a prison music program, to
Singapore to learn about approaches to prisoner reentry, to Australia to
grapple with the bottom line of private prisons, to a federal supermax
in Brazil to confront the horrors of solitary confinement, and finally
to the so-called model prisons of Norway. Incarceration Nations concludes with climactic lessons about the past, present, and future of justice.