N.C. Department of Public Safety and University employees combined their talents to create the School of Government’s first graphic book, which helps to explain the state prison system in words and pictures.

N.C. Department of Public Safety and University employees combined their talents to create the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government’s first graphic book, which helps to explain the state prison system in words and pictures.

As a faculty member in the School of Government who writes for the N.C. Criminal Law blog, associate professor Jamie Markham often hears from people who really don’t know how the prison system works.

“I get a lot of mail and phone calls from victims, inmates and their families,” he said. “It is clear to me from their questions that they don’t always have a clear sense of how a defendant’s sentence will play out in practice.”

Wouldn’t it be great, he thought, if there was a book he could give these non-experts that could quickly explain the process in a way that was easy to understand, using drawings and simple language?

Now there is.

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Written by Susan Hudson. Originally published Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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