Some people travel the world to surf, to hike, to visit art museums or dine at Michelin-starred restaurants. Baz Dreisinger goes to prisons.
Dreisinger, an associate professor of English at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, spent two years on a pilgrimage to prisons in nine countries investigating a range of approaches to penal reform.
It was, by her account, a searing and occasionally uplifting experience.
She has written a book, "Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World," which is framed around her strong advocacy for penal reform. Dreisinger, who teaches college classes to inmates in New York, is a strong...