Illustrating, Simplifying the Justice System

Thanks to a Carolina professor, understanding the prison system is easy — with a graphic book.

Thanks to a Carolina professor, understanding the prison system is easy — with a graphic book.

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? So Markham created it, and the UNC School of Government published its first graphic book,In Prison: Serving a Felony Sentence in North Carolina.

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