One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Convict leasing, Jenkins told me, is the crucial link between the history of slavery and the present system of mass incarceration: “All the capitalist concerns, all the cruelty, of that stuff was baked into our carceral system during this period of convict leasing.” Building over the bodies denies that reality.

Read the rest of this article from the New York Review of Books.