by Shankar, Ravi, 1975-

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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 92 SHA
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The first time Ravi Shankar was arrested, he spoke out against racist policing on National Public Radio and successfully sued the city of New York. The second time, he was incarcerated when his promotion to full professor was finalized. During his ninety-day pretrial confinement at the Hartford Correctional Center--a level 4, high-security urban jail in Connecticut--he met men who shared harrowing and heart-felt stories. The experience taught him about the persistence of structural racism, the limitations of mass media, and the pervasive traumas of twenty-first-century daily life.

Shankar's bold and complex self-portrait--and portrait of America--challenges us to rethink our complicity in the criminal justice system and mental health policies that perpetuate inequity and harm. Correctional dives into the inner workings of his mind and heart, framing his unexpected encounters with law and order through the lenses of race, class, privilege, and his bicultural upbringing as the first and only son of South Indian immigrants. Vignettes from his early life set the scene for his spectacular fall and subsequent struggle to come to terms with his own demons. Many of them, it turns out, are also our own.
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Subjects Shankar, Ravi, -- 1975-
Ex-convicts -- United States -- Biography.
East Indian Americans -- Biography.
Poets, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
College teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
Publisher Madison, Wisconsin :The University of Wisconsin Press,2021
Language English
Description viii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780299335304
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