John Eason on the Prison System

John Eason is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. John’s work focuses on the complex ways in which race and space interact to produce often unexpected patterns of prison building, imprisonment, and prisoner reentry, as well as health care access and health disparities. His most recent book is, Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, published by University of Chicago Press in 2017.

In this episode, we talk about this book as well as John’s newest book projects. We also discuss the 1619 Project and how it relates to and informs John’s work. In our, “I Know You Didn’t Ask Me But….” segment, we offer our humble opinions on the Trump impeachment inquiry. And hear why John’s A-Side track pick is Black Thought and Salaam Remi’s, “Get Outlined” while Corey and Leslie discuss why “You Got Me” by the Roots & Erykah Badu is the perfect B-Side pairing.

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