The Prison Industrial Complex

The Prison Industrial Complex

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by Angela Davis
     
 

Over the last generation, the U.S. prison systems have grown at a rate unparalleled in history, creating what many call a Prison Industrial Complex. Angela Davis explains what happens to our legal system when we lock up more people for longer sentences, which industries are a part of the Prison Industrial Complex, and how to stop or slow prison growth.

Overview

Over the last generation, the U.S. prison systems have grown at a rate unparalleled in history, creating what many call a Prison Industrial Complex. Angela Davis explains what happens to our legal system when we lock up more people for longer sentences, which industries are a part of the Prison Industrial Complex, and how to stop or slow prison growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781902593227
Publisher:
AK Press
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Edition description:
CD-ROM
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Angela Y. Davis is Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness at the University of California and author of many books including Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is a much sought after public speaker and internationally known feminist scholar, prison abolitionist, and advocate for social justice.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again this beautiful icon for theblack liberation movement makes a compelling aurgument for abolishingthe prison industrial complex. According to Ms.Davis young black malescomprise almost 35% of the prison popul-ation in this country. What means arebeing served by this mass railroadingof blacks into our prison system? Arewe any safer because of this injustice.She points out the fact that corporatecrime for the most part goes unpunishedas do crimes against the enviorment. The aboliton of the welfare system leaves many mothers that cant find workno choice but to enter the drug scene orprostitution and eventually prison. The illegal immigrant also constitutea signifigant portion of the prisonpopulation.Ms. Davis points out that theimmigrant is often a person of color. According to Davis we are led to believe that if they are locked up ourlives are going to be better.As shesays if we dont have to see them thenwe dont have to deal with them. Sheurges people to become involved throughvisitation, educational programs thearts as she says if they wont let themcome to us then we go to them. Angela knows firsthand what thoughtlessplaces prisons can be. She draws from herown experince in making the case againstprison as a means of rehabilitation. The conservative mood in this countryis responcible for many of the problemswe have in this country according to Davis. She urges people to become activists in pursuit of our goal tomove this country in a leftward direction. Ideally an embrace of socialist values turn away from capa-ltilism that is the one message Angelatries to leave. I for one applaud herefforts.