If you read The New Jim Crow, you should follow it up with this book. The author takes the opposing view of Michelle Alexander on many fronts, and also presents the County Prosecutor as the most "powerful" position in the criminal justice system. If you are someone looking to learn about the prison system in the United States, this is a must-read. If you are someone looking to work on reform, this is a must-read. Overall, the book is great to get an understanding of how the prison works, and how it could work.