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: Road to prison: How cars can lead to a cycle of debt and imprisonment in America


In the American popular imagination, the car is a symbol of freedom. But in reality, for many, it can actually be a trap. 

That’s one takeaway of “Cars and Jails: Freedom Dreams, Debt and Carcerality,” a book by Julie Livingston and Andrew Ross, professors at New York University (OR Books, November, 2022). The two, who work in a research lab at NYU with formerly incarcerated students, trace the pathways that lead Americans from cars to jails and from jails to cars and back again. 


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