Despite the fact that the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, there are very few books available for children and young adults on the topic. In addition, there are not enough books featuring families dealing with incarceration. Books featuring people who are incarcerated and on the prison-industrial complex should be in every school. Let us know if you have titles that you recommend we add to this list.
Learn about our criteria for selecting titles. Most of the books on these lists are linked for more information or purchase to Powells, an independent, union labor bookstore. Titles with reviews on this site are noted with an asterisk(*). Find many more social justice booklists.