Punishment has shifted from the prisoner?s body to his/her soul.
(see also Racism/Colonial Control/Prisons)
This book connects the over-reliance on incarceration, the routinization of capital punishment, the “penal mesh” throughout society, with the market polices and neoconservativism that dominate the US and UK.
Gordon ran intensive writing workshops in Washington State Prisons for nine years. He uses this book to explore the prison experience from both inside and outside of prison.
Hallinan looks at prisons that were built “not because it was needed but because it was wanted-by politicians who thought it would bring them votes, by voters who hoped it would bring them jobs, and by a corrections establishment that no longer believed in correction.” He addresses the prison boom: facilities quickly built for economic reasons, resulting in poor prison conditions and a system so lucrative that its founders have become rich. The author also looks at the stories of current wardens, guards, inmates and townspeople living in the shadow of a prison.
Visiting two supermaximum security prisons in Indiana, the Human Rights Watch examined inhumane treatment prisoners receive. The prisoners in those facilities spend an average of 23 hours a day in a small, often windowless cells, facing years of extreme social isolation, enforced idleness, and limited recreational or educational opportunities. The Human Rights Watch pays special attention to the treatment of those with pre-existing mental illnesses.
Critical analysis of American prison system and a case against the reliance on prisons as the main answer to the nation’s crime problem.
This collection of essays explores interconnections between violence, political oppression, and U.S. foreign and domestic politics in the contemporary era.
A historic analysis of modern prison slave labors? roots in chattel slavery. The book focuses on prison plantations and self-sustaining prisons. Oshinsky analyzes the impact of segregation on ensuring blacks were imprisoned and their labor exploited.
(see also Youth)
This book contains essays from leading scholars and advocates about the far-reaching consequences of mass incarceration, exploring the impact of ?tough on crime? policies on prisoners, ex-felons, families and communities.