Praise for What We Know:
"Uniformly well-written and cogently argued, these essays cast a harsh light on the prison system and the obstacles millions of Americans face in getting their lives back on track. Policy makers, lawyers, and activists should take note."
"This volume features a variety of perspectives and should appeal to advocates of U.S. social reform and those interested in the nation's complex prison history."
"A must-read collection of bold new criminal justice reform ideas from the true experts–those of us with firsthand knowledge of America's harsh and unjust criminal justice system."
–Susan Burton, founder, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, and author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women "What We Know demonstrates that solutions to the challenge of mass incarceration are often close at hand; the voices of people affected by the justice system show us the way forward to a public safety strategy that emphasizes dignity over punishment."
–Marc Mauer, executive director, The Sentencing Project, and author of Race to Incarcerate "An exemplary, welcome, and necessary contribution, by turns forceful, specific, personal, inspired, and insightful, delivered by those people most impacted. This should top everyone's reading list."
–Nick Turner, director, Vera Institute of Justice "In What We Know, Nixon and Atkinson have gathered together voices that turn experience into expertise, and they leave us with a challenge: now that we've been told, will we listen?"
–Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet, lawyer, and author of Felon "What We Know gives voice to the extraordinary insights and ideas of formerly incarcerated Americans. In so doing, it reminds us of the tragic loss of human potential locked behind our prison walls."
–Neil Barsky, founder and chair, The Marshall Project
"[An] eye-opening volume . . . filled with very smart and very wise ideas about reforming the criminal legal system."
–Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books