Criminal Justice Books

6 Criminal Justice “Must Reads”

(This is the first in a series of columns on criminal justice issues that will replace the writing advice column normally in this space.

My goal is to provide information primarily for mothers with sons in prison, so my online presence should reflect this.

From this site, you can link to my podcast One Mother’s Voice (, my Twitter and Facebook pages, and keep abreast of my work related to criminal justice.)

“Must Reads”

I am reading one of them Rest in Power: A parents’ story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Although we all know the public story of Trayvon Martin’s death, his parents (no longer married) in alternating chapters share their grief and gradual activisim as justice for Trayvon movement grew.

The complete list includes:

  1. Call to Rise: Life in Faithful Service to the Commnity That Made Me by former
  2. Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton with Cari Lynn
  3. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  4. Rest in Power: A parents’ story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
  5. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  6. Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown by Lezley McSpadden and Lyah Beth LeFlore

These books are discussed in detail on my podcast (See link at right of page).

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