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The January Series – Reuben Miller – Halfway Home

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration – Reuben Miller is a sociologist, criminologist, and social worker who teaches at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where he studies and writes about race, democracy, and the social life of the city. He has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey, a fellow at the New America Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and a visiting scholar at both the University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth College. Informed by his experience as the son and brother of incarcerated men, Miller’s book, Halfway Home, shows the injustice of the American justice system. Parole is structured to keep classes of Americans impoverished, unstable, and disenfranchised and leaves people fighting a system designed for them to fail. Miller’s work is a call to arms that reveals how laws, rules, and regulations extract a tangible cost not only from those working to rebuild their lives, but also our democracy. A native of Chicago, he lives with his wife and children on the city’s South side.