November 01, 2019 Book Review

Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Reviewed by Robert Costello

Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

By Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Columbia University Press, 336 pages, 2017, 978-0231179706

Lauren-Brooke Eisen is a senior fellow at New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center, where she works on reforming the criminal justice process with a strong focus on financial and behavioral incentives that impact the justice system. She holds a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Eisen started her career as a criminal justice beat journalist in Laredo, Texas, and has also worked as a prosecutor in New York City as well as for the Vera Institute of Justice. Her book was one of the Marshall Project’s Best Books of 2017 and The Economist called it a “deeply researched, scrupulously fair book.”

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