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Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow. New York: The New Press, 2012.


Anderson, Elijah. Code of The Street, Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.


Anglessey, Zoe. Listen Up! New York: One World, The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999.


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. Immigrants in Our Own Land & Selected Early Poems. New York: New Directions, 1990.


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. The Importance of A Piece of Paper. New York: Grove Press, 2004.


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. Martin & Meditations on the South Valley. New York, New Directions, 1987.


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. A Place To Stand. New York: Grove Press, 2001.


Baca, Jimmy Santiago. Winter Poems Along The Rio Grande. New York: New Directions, 2004.


Bernstein, Neil. A Rage to Do Better, Listening To Young People from the Foster Care System. San Francisco: Pacific News Service, 2000.


Bernstein, Nell. All Alone In The World: Children of The Incarcerated. New York: The New Press, 2005.


Bernstein, Nina. The Lost Children of Wilder, The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.


Betts, Dwayne R. Bastards of the Reagan Era. Stahlecker Selections, 2015.


Betts, Dwayne R. Felon. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.


Betts, Dwayne R. A Question of Freedom. New York: Penguin, 2009.


Betts, Dwayne. Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Farmington, Maine: Alice James Books, 2010.


Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G., and Williams, Joseph M. The Craft of Research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995.


Booth, Wayne. The Vocation of A Teacher. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.


Boyd, Todd. H.N.I.C. The Death of Civil Rights and the Reign of Hip Hop. New York: New York University Press, 2002.


Brown, Claude. Manchild In The Promised Land. New York; Signet, 1965.


Buruma, Ian. Uncaptive Minds. The New York Times Magazine, February 20, 2005. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/magazine/20PRISON.html?ex=1266642000&en=5a3010d4cf012a46&ei=5090&pagewanted=all


Butterfield, Fox. All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence. New York: Avon, 1996.


Canada, Goeffrey. fist stick knife gun. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.


Century, Douglas. Street Kingdom, Five Years Inside the Franklin Avenue Posse. New York: Warner Books, 1999.


Chang, Jeff. Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of The Hip-Hop Nation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005.


Chang, Jeff. Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop. New York: BasicCivitas, 2006.


Chelmer, Carol, Means, Barbara and Knapp, Michael S, editors. Teaching Advanced Skills to At-Risk Students: Views from Research and Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, Inc. 1991.


Cleveland, William, editor. Artists at Work in America's Community and Social Institutions. Massachusetts: Arts Extension Service Press, 2000.


Chevigny, Bell Gale. Doing Time: Twenty-Five Years of Prison Writing. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1999.


Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between The World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.


Costello, Mark and Foster, David Wallace. Signifying Rappers. New York: Ecco Press, 1990.


Conover, Ted. New Jack, Guarding Sing Sing. New York: Random House, 2000.


Dash, Leon. Rosa Lee, A Mother and Her Family in Urban America. New York: Plume, 1997.


Datcher, Michael. Raising Fences, A Black Man's Love Story. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001.


Davis, Stephen. Hammer of The Gods, The Led Zeppelin Saga. New York: Ballantine Books, 1985.


Delpit, Lisa. Other People's Children. New York: The New Press, 1995.


Delpit, Lisa, editor. The Skin That We Speak, Thoughts on Language and Culture in The Classroom. New York: The New Press, 2002.


Desetta, Al, Editor. The Heart Knows Something Different: Teenage Voices From The Foster Care System. New York: Persea, 1996.


Donaldson, Gregg. The Ville, Cops and Kids in Urban America. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1993.


Dunbar, Paul Laurence. Lyrics of Lowly Life. New York: Citadel Press, 1984.


Dyson, Michael Eric. Between God and Gangsta Rap. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Dyson, Michael Eric. Holler If You Hear Me, Searching for Tupac Shakur. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2001.


E.A.R.L. The Autobiography of DMX as told to Smokey D. Fontaine. New York: Harper Entertainment, 2002.


Education as Crime Prevention: Providing Education to Prisoners. Research Brief, The Center on Crime, Communities & Culture, Occasional Paper Series, Number 2, September 1997.


Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man. New York: Random House, 1952.


Evans, Jeff, editor. Undoing Time: American Prisoners In Their Own Words. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.


Fitzgerald, Robert, translator. The Odyssey Homer. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1963.


Franklin, H. Bruce. Prison Writing in 20th Century America. New York: Penguin, 1998.


Frederick, Bruce. Factors Contributing to Recidivism Among Adolescents Placed with the New York State Division for Adolescents. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 5, 1999.


Forman, Murray and Neal, Mark Anthony, editors. That's The Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader. New York:  Routledge, 2004.


Gaines, Donna. Teenage Wasteland. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.


Garbarino, James. Lost Boys, Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. New York: The Free Press, 1999.


Gardner, Howard. The Unschooled Mind. New York: Basic Books, 1991.


Gehring. Thom. Post Secondary Education for Inmates: An Historical Inquiry. Journal of Correctional Education, Vol. 48, No. 2, June 1997/


Gehring. Thom and White, Randall. The Case for Reflective Practice in Alternative and Correctional Education. Wisdom in Education, Vol. 2., Article 9, 2006.


Gonnerman, Jennifer. Life On The Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.


Albert M. Greenfield Restorative Justice Program http://www.muralarts.org/whatwedo/special/greenfield.php



Hartman, Kenneth. Mother California, A Story of Redemption Behind Bars. New York: Atlas & Company, 2009.


Hays, Gregory, translator. Marcus Aurelius Meditations. New York: The Modern Library, 2002.


Heckinger, Fred. Fateful Choices, Healthy Youth for the 21st Century. New York: Hill and Wang, 1992.


Highet, Gilbert. The Art of Teaching. New York: Knopf Publishing Group, 1989.


Hoye, Jacob and Ali, Karolyn, editors. Tupac Resurrection: 1971 � 1996. New York: Artria Books, 2003.


Howe, Neil and Straus Bill. 13th Gen. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.


Humes, Edward. No Matter How Loud I Shout, A Year In The Life of Juvenile Court. New York: Touchstone, 1996.


In Our Own Words: Writing from Parchman Prison. Louis Bourgeois, Editor. Oxford, Mississippi, 2014.


Jackson, Spoon. On Prison Reform / Keep Fewer Behind Bars / Offer Opportunities for Self-Rehabilitation. SFGate.com, July 14, 2006.



Jones, Lisa. Bulletproof Diva. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.


Kitwana, Bakari. The Hip Hop Generation. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2002.


Kody, Scott. Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993.


Kohl, Herbert. The Discipline of Hope, Learning From A Lifetime of Teaching. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998.


Kotlowitz, Alex. The Other Side of The River. New York: Nan A. Talese Doubleday, 1998.


Kotlowitz, Alex. There Are No Children Here, The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1991.


Kozol, Jonathan. Amazing Grace. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995.


Kozol, Jonathan. Ordinary Resurrections. New York: Crown Publishers, 2000.


Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities. New York: Crown Publishers, 1991.


Lemon. Ready Made Real. New York: County of Kings Publishing, 2004.


Lipper, Joanna. Growing Up Fast. New York: Picador 2003.


Liss, Stephen. No Place For Children: Voices From Juvenile Detention. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.


From Camp To Class.  Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2009 http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-ed-locke6-2009apr06,0,1463608.story


McCall, Nathan. Makes Me Wanna Holler. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.


McCall, Nathan. What's Going On. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.


McDonald, Janet. Project Girl. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1999.


McLaughlin, Milbrey W. and Irby, Merita A.  Urban Sanctuaries. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1994.


Marshall, Joseph, Jr.  and Wheeler, Lonnie. Street Soldier. New York: Delta, 1996.


Marcus, Greil. Dead Elvis. New York: Doubleday, 1991.


Medina, Tony and Rivera, Louis Reyes. Bum Rush The Page. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2001.


My Words Consume Me. San Francisco: Youth Speaks and 826 Valencia, 2003.


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself with related documents. Edited with an introduction by David Blight. Boston: Bedford / St. Martin's Macmillan Learning, 2017.


New York State Office of Children and Family Services. Adolescents in Care: 2002 Annual Report, 26.


Orfield, Gary, Editor. Dropouts in America. Cambridge, Harvard, 2004.


Osbourne, Thomas Mott. Within Prison Walls. Rome, New York: Spruce Gulch Press, 1991.


Perdamo, Willie. Smoking Lovely. New York: Rattapallax Press, 2003.


Perdomo, Willie. Where A Nickel Costs A Dime. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.


Polakow, Valerie, editor. The Public Assault on America's Children. New York: Teachers College Press Columbia University, 2000.


Powell, Kevin. Keepin It Real. New York: Ballantine Books, 1997.


Prose, Francine. Anne Frank, The Book, The Life, The Afterlife. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.


Rabkin, Nick and Redmond, Robin. The Arts Make A Difference. Educational Leadership, February 2006, Volume 63, Number 5.


Rabkin, Nick and Redmond, Robin. Putting the Arts In The Picture. Putting The Arts In The Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century. Chicago: Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College, 2004.


Reding, Nick. Methland. New York: Bloomsbury, 2009.


Austin Reed. The Life and Adventures of a Haunted Convict. Edited with an Introduction by Caleb Smith. New York: Random House, 2016.

Rideau, Wilbert. In The Place of Justice. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.


Rodriguez, Joseph. Juvenile. Powerhouse Books, 2003.


Rodriguez, Joseph and Martinez, Rueben. East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. New York: Powerhouse Books, 2000.


Salzman, Mark. True Notebooks. Borzoi Books, Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.


Shakur, Tupac Amaru. The Rose That Grew From Concrete. New York: Pocket Books, 1999


Simmons, Danny, Editor. Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. New York: Atria Books, 2003.


The Silent Epidemic of High School Dropouts In America: Civic Enterprises Survey. Survey administered by Peter D. Heart Research. Commissioned by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, March 2006.


Simmons, Russell, with Nelson George. Life and Def, Sex, Drugs, Money and God. New York: Crown Publishers, 2001.


Simon, David and Burns, Edward. The Corner. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.


Simpson, Colton with Ann Pearlman. Inside The Crips. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2005.


Stein. Rob. Research Links Poor Kid's Stress, Brain Impairment. The Washington Post, April 6, 2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/05/AR2009040501719.html?wpisrc=newsletter


Stop The Revolving Door: Giving Communities and Adolescents The Tools to Overcome Recidivism. Recommendations on Juvenile Reentry in New York City, Youth Justice Board, A Project of the Center for Court Innovation, January 2005.


Tannenbaum, Judith and Jackson, Spoon. By Heart, Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives. Oakland: New Village Press, 2010.


Tannenbaum, Judith. Disguised As A Poem: My Years of Teaching Poetry At San Quentin. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000.


Tarpley, Natasha, editor. Testimony. Boston: Beacon Press, 1995.


Tate, Claudia, editor. Black Women Writers at Work. New York: Continuum, 1988.


Tate, Greg. Everything But The Burden, What White People Are Taking From Black Culture. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.


Tatum, Alfred. Teaching Reading To Black Adolescent Males. Stenhouse: Portland, Maine, 2005.


Thomas, Piri. Down These Mean Streets. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.


Undoing Time, American Prisoners in Their Own Words. Jeff Evans, Editor. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2001.


Venkatesh, Sudhir. Gang Leader For A Day. New York: Penguin, 2008.


Warner, Sylvia Ashton. Teacher. Simon and Schuster, 1986.


White, Randall. Care as the Heart of Prison Teaching. The Journal of Correctional Education, Vol. 55, No. 3, September 2004.


White, Randall. Going To Teach In Prisons.The Journal of Correctional Education, Vol. 56 No. 1, March 2005.


White, Randall. In The Borderlands: Learning To Teach in Prisons and Alternative Settings. San Bernadino, California State University, 2006.


Wideman, Daniel J., Editor. Soulfires: Young Black Men on Love and Violence. New York: Penguin, 1996.


Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay. Understanding by Design. Virginia: ASCD, 2005.


Wilson, William Julius. When Work Disappears. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.


Wynn, Jennifer. Inside Rikers, Stories From The World's Largest Penal Colony. New York: St. Martin's Press. 2001