There are many people in our culture who claim to possess the truth, but few who are willing to pursue the truth. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America claims to possess the truth but does little to pursue it. To pursue the truth, you need to start with a question. There is no question as to how America’s current penal system was built for Elizabeth Hinton. The answer is set before she even started. Our current penal system is a result of America’s racist government. Every step of our current history has been carefully planned out to crush minorities in this country. Police have historically been concentrated in inner city because that is where the highest density of minorities live. The matter of crime rates is of no importance to Hinton. The entire book is centered on an answer that was set before the book was written and quite possibly researched. I’m not informed enough to say how we got here, but I am sure that offering a false either/or dichotomy is not in pursuit of the truth. Nor it is helpful when there is an obvious need for both police and prison reform in this country. If we are to make progress on either front, we need to honestly look at how we arrived here. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America in America only serves to distract from the conversations needed.