James Kilgore

James Kilgore is a writer, an educator, and a social justice activist who teaches and works at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spent six years in prison, during which time he drafted his three published novels. He is the author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time (The New Press). He currently lives with his family in Urbana, Illinois.

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The Daily Beast

Sarah Shourd cites Kilgore's work in an article about technological alternatives to incarceration in post-prison America.

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Books by James Kilgore

Understanding Mass Incarceration
A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

James Kilgore