Brenden Beck is a PhD student in sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center studying policing, suburbs, and inequality. He is an organizer with Milk Not Jails, an urban-rural alliance building economic alternatives to prisons in New York state. He lives in Brooklyn and drinks 2%.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Crime, Incarceration, and the Left
Those disturbed by the United States’ largest-in-the-world incarceration rate have some new reasons to be cautiously optimistic. President Obama nominated an opponent of the drug war to the Justice Department’s highest civil rights position, signaling the possibility that the costly and...
Saturday, February 25, 2012
New York Should Make Milk, Not Prisons
Casimer Trybuskiewicz has been a dairy farmer his whole life, and his father before him was, too. He runs Casey Dairy Farm with his family in Attica, N.Y., a small town about 30 miles east of Buffalo. A short drive from Casey Dairy and its 45 cows are two prisons. As a resident of New York City, I can help Attica’s economy in two ways: either by buying milk from Casey Dairy, or getting locked up.