Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor / Edition 1

Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor / Edition 1

by Paul Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415935377

ISBN-13: 9780415935371

Pub. Date: 01/10/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Prison Nation is a distant dispatch from a foreign and forbidden place—the world of America's prisons. Written by prisoners, social critics and luminaries of investigative reporting, Prison Nation testifies to the current state of America's prisoners' living conditions and political concerns. These concerns are not normally the concerns of most Americans, but…  See more details below

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Prison Nation is a distant dispatch from a foreign and forbidden place—the world of America's prisons. Written by prisoners, social critics and luminaries of investigative reporting, Prison Nation testifies to the current state of America's prisoners' living conditions and political concerns. These concerns are not normally the concerns of most Americans, but they should be. From substandard medical care the inadequacy of resources for public defenders to the death penalty, the issues covered in this volume grow more urgent every day. Articles by outstanding writers such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, Mark Dow, Judy Green, Tracy Huling and Christian Parenti chronicle the injustices of prison privatization, class and race in the justice system, our quixotic drug war, the rarely discussed prison AIDS crisis and a judicial system that rewards mostly those with significant resources or the desire to name names. Correctional facilities have become a profitable growth industry, for companies like Wackenhut that run them and companies like Boeing that use cheap prison labor. With fascinating narratives, shocking tales and small stories of hope, Prison Nation paints a picture of a world many Americans know little or nothing about.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415935371
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/10/2003
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
The Accused Get What the System Doesn't Pay For6
Absolute Power, Absolute Corruption23
Color Bind30
Capital Crimes41
Drug Policy as Social Control57
"Victims' Rights" as a Stalking-horse for State Repression60
Swept Away66
An American Seduction73
Deadly Nostalgia85
Secrecy, Power, Indefinite Detention93
Trapped by the System100
Relocation Blues106
Making Slave Labor Fly112
The Politics of Prison Labor120
Work Strike Suppressed and Sabotaged in Ohio129
Prison Jobs and Free Market Unemployment133
Bailing Out Private Jails138
Juvenile Crime Pays - But At What Cost?148
University Professor Shills for Private Prison Industry154
Campus Activism Defeats Multinational's Prison Profiteering156
Juveniles Held Hostage for Profit by CSC in Florida164
The New Bedlam168
Wreaking Medical Mayhem on Women Prisoners in Washington State174
Hepatitis C181
Dying for Profits187
"The Judge Gave Me Ten Years. He Didn't Sentence Me to Death"195
FDOC Hazardous to Prisoners' Health204
Bill Clinton's Blood Trails210
The Restraint Chair216
Cowboys and Prisoners227
Deliberate Indifference231
Corcoran245
Guarding Their Silence252
Our Sisters' Keepers258
Not Part of My Sentence262
"Make it Hard for Them"269
Anatomy of a Whitewash274
Sentenced to the Backwaters of Greene County, PA276
Prison Litigation 1950-2000281
Barring the Federal Courthouses to Prisoners301
The Limits of Law315
Contributors317
About Prison Legal News321
Index323

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