We talk to Mark Dostert about his memoir recounting his time as a juvenile attendant in Up in Here: Jailing Kids on Chicago’s Other Side, choosing the right color white for your juvenile detention center, and the merits of jailing kids with outmoded and punitive drug laws.

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 Photo credit: Chris Wineinger

Photo credit: Chris Wineinger

Suggested readings from Mark:

  • Dostert’s opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News
  • Mark's short story "Rocks, July 1994" in Green Hills Literary Lantern, also a finalist for the 2017 Lamar York Prize

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