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

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Prison Nation is a distant dispatch from a foreign and forbidden placeā€”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: 1/10/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Wright is a Washington state prisoner, jailhouse lawyer, political activist and journalist. Paul is the co-founder of Prison Legal News, a monthly magazine published since 1990 that is prisoner written, edited and published. His last book was The Celling of America. Tara Herivel is a prisoners' rights activist and lawyer who has written for Prison Legal News and other progressive periodicals in the Seattle area.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Accused Get What the System Doesn't Pay For 6
Absolute Power, Absolute Corruption 23
Color Bind 30
Capital Crimes 41
Drug Policy as Social Control 57
"Victims' Rights" as a Stalking-horse for State Repression 60
Swept Away 66
An American Seduction 73
Deadly Nostalgia 85
Secrecy, Power, Indefinite Detention 93
Trapped by the System 100
Relocation Blues 106
Making Slave Labor Fly 112
The Politics of Prison Labor 120
Work Strike Suppressed and Sabotaged in Ohio 129
Prison Jobs and Free Market Unemployment 133
Bailing Out Private Jails 138
Juvenile Crime Pays - But At What Cost? 148
University Professor Shills for Private Prison Industry 154
Campus Activism Defeats Multinational's Prison Profiteering 156
Juveniles Held Hostage for Profit by CSC in Florida 164
The New Bedlam 168
Wreaking Medical Mayhem on Women Prisoners in Washington State 174
Hepatitis C 181
Dying for Profits 187
"The Judge Gave Me Ten Years. He Didn't Sentence Me to Death" 195
FDOC Hazardous to Prisoners' Health 204
Bill Clinton's Blood Trails 210
The Restraint Chair 216
Cowboys and Prisoners 227
Deliberate Indifference 231
Corcoran 245
Guarding Their Silence 252
Our Sisters' Keepers 258
Not Part of My Sentence 262
"Make it Hard for Them" 269
Anatomy of a Whitewash 274
Sentenced to the Backwaters of Greene County, PA 276
Prison Litigation 1950-2000 281
Barring the Federal Courthouses to Prisoners 301
The Limits of Law 315
Contributors 317
About Prison Legal News 321
Index 323
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