NO WAY OUT:<br />
Mother Jailed for 'Stealing' Child's Education
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and demonize, to pathologize McDowell to justify her ultimate incarceration all while highlighting how America’s criminal (in)justice system continually performs a “magic feet”: “Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.”  As Angela Davis reminds, “prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings,” a fact that is clearly evident by injustices experienced by Tanya McDowell.     

David J. Leonard is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is author of After Artest: Race and the War on Hoop (SUNY Press, spring 2012).