“An in-depth, detailed example of the ways in which the criminal justice system replicates the racist inclinations of the larger society.”—CHOICE
"Stick Together and Come Back Home is a compassionate look at criminalized youth and adults. . . . This book is likely to be of interest to students and scholars of juvenile justice, incarceration, race, and gangs. It should also be of interest to policymakers and practitioners . . . who may be individually well-intentioned but embedded in larger and destructive systems."—Social Forces
"Stick Together and Come Back Home is a valuable contribution to the field for its examination of the interplay between state and street violence on both cultural and structural levels. ... In shifting the focus from gang conflict itself to a deconstruction of how institutions systematically organize youth around gang conflict, Lopez-Aguado illuminates how law enforcement simultaneously structures and deploys intergroup violence as evidence of the need for criminal justice targeting."—American Journal of Sociology
"In this vivid, compelling, and moving study of the impact of the prison system on young people in California’s central valley, Lopez-Aguado shows how mass incarceration and its collateral consequences actually produce many of the social problems they purport to prevent. He demonstrates that the prison is not simply a stand-alone institution but rather a node in a network of criminalization that makes life outside of jails and prisons for young people very similar to what they experience on the inside. The author’s fine ethnographic ear, his impressive rapport with the young people he studies, and his mastery of a broad range of concepts and theories combine to give us a book that enables us to see the prison in a new light, to discern social relations that are often right before our eyes, but hidden in plain sight."
—George Lipsitz, author of How Racism Takes Place
"Lopez-Aguado demonstrates how forced racial sorting within the prison shapes identities and allegiances and how these identities shape life outside the prison walls in the community as well. His analysis provides powerful and important insight into previously hidden ways that mass incarceration continues to ravage the most disadvantaged communities."
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—Aaron Kupchik, author of The Real School Safety Problem: The Long-Term Consequences of Harsh School Punishment and Homeroom Security: School Discipline in an Age of Fear.
"This ethnography provides gripping, in-depth description combined with brilliant theoretical nuance, helping us empirically understand the specific, day-to-day processes in which the prison and the carceral state impact the lives of marginalized populations. This is truly a groundbreaking study that demonstrates how racialized prisonization becomes embodied and embedded in communities already left behind."
—Victor Rios, author of Human Targets: School, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth