Adolescent Research Review

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 113–114 | Cite as

Lizbet Simmons: The Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration

University of California Press, Oakland CA, 2017, 153 pp, ISBN: 9780520281462
  • Kayla CrouseEmail author
Book Review

In The Prison School: Educational Inequality and School Discipline in the Age of Mass Incarceration Lizbet Simmons associates the links between schools and prison. Simmons tells of the history of New Orleans and of African Americans; uses the push–pull analogy to explain why schools and prisons are connected; explains how politicians, businesses, and officials who are benefitting from these consequences makes the cycle of mass incarceration hard to break; and the real-life impacts the prison school had on the actual people involved. The book was enlightening and evoked strong emotions. The data and stories were motivational and encourage readers to think about how these situations are possible and why they were allowed to happen. The Prison School is interesting and thought-provoking, not only because it was well written, but also because it demands that people face the inequalities others face every day in modern times.

The book begins with Simmons explaining what brought her, while...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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