Section 2: Violence During and After Incarceration

Published date01 May 2022
Date01 May 2022
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(2) 192
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862221096896
Section 2: Violence During
and After Incarceration
A Violent Breed, by Ethan Macks
Cycle Breakers: How People, Not Systems, Are Ending the Cycle of Violence in
Prison and Society, by Matthew Moeller
In Between the Sword and the Pen, by Troy Brownlow
Violence as a Means Of Everyday Survival, by Durrell Malik Washington Sr.
VIOLENCE: The Invisible Bars, by Erik Maloney
What Happened to a Second Chance for Bobby Bostic? by Bobby Bostic
The writers in this section describe the violence they encountered after their convic-
tion: violence in the criminal sentencing process, violence within the prison walls, and
violence that followed them out of incarceration and back home.
Macks traces the violence he encounters while incarcerated through people’s lives
long before they are sentenced to prison, showing how fear and insecurity perpetuate
a culture of violence that is difficult to ever escape from. Moeller contrasts the vio-
lence in prison with the everyday acts of kindness, restoration and violence interrup-
tion he witnesses in his Minnesota prison. Brownlow draws upon his experience as a
mental health peer counselor to reflect on the difficult journey for those labeled “vio-
lent offender” amidst the broader context of a society that has long valorized and relied
on violence. Washington presents an analysis of violence as a means of everyday sur-
vival, bridging his experience with incarceration to his current role as a researcher and
PhD student. Maloney details a racist encounter in his teens that quickly spirals into
violence and incarceration, painting a stark picture of how violence has surrounded
him “like invisible bars” his entire life. Bostic concludes this section by asking a
deceptively simple question: why doesn’t he deserve a second chance?
These writers remind us that violence takes myriad forms and is always rooted in
context. Structured by power and survival, these essays show easily the line is blurred
between violence perpetuated by people and violence perpetuated by the state.
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