President Travis’s Book Cited by Malcolm Gladwell

In My Ideal Bookshelf, best-selling Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell identifies President Travis’s book, But They All Come Back: Facing the Challenges of Prisoner Reentry, among the books about crime that are “markers for the ideas” in which he is interested. My Ideal Bookshelf features the reading interests of leading cultural figures.

Gladwell, a columnist for The New Yorker and author of The Tipping Point, among other critically acclaimed books, says he has started exploring books about crime because he is writing a new book about power. Specifically, in discussing his picks for My Ideal Bookshelf, Gladwell told Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper that he is “very interested in strategies we use to keep people who are powerless in check. And the ways in which the powerless fight back. So I started reading about crime.”

President Travis’s book, which was published in 2005, analyzes at the impact of mass incarceration and prisoner reentry in seven key areas: public safety, families and children, work, housing, public health, civic identity, and community capacity. In his book, President Travis, who was a senior fellow with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center and the Director of the National Institute of Justice, also recommends policy changes to spur innovation and reform.  

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