This book is a history of how we came to have the world’s largest population of incarcerated people. The book makes it clear that we did not suddenly decide to lock of such a large proportion of our own but it came about by a series of incremental steps, each as a result of events of the time. It is an excellent telling of the story by one who was intimately involved as a public defender. If you read the book, do not skip the epilogue. I’ll say no more because I sincerely hope you’ll read it.