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CCCX 215 | People, Power, and Narrative American Prisons
This class will examine why and how the United States relies on mass detention as a strategy to impose order, and how the current judicial system has relegated millions of poor people to a second-class status.
Tracing both the history of the prison and the very idea of imprisonment in the United States, this book provides a critical overview of American prisons and considers their past, their present and directions for the future.
Through personal essays, poems, stories, reports, and manifestos, this offers an unprecedented view of the realities of women's experiences as they try to sustain relations with children and family on the outside, struggle for healthcare, fight to define and achieve basic rights, deal with irrational sentencing systems, remake life after prison; and more.
Aims to provide a critical overview of penal institutions within a historical and contemporary framework. Issues of race, gender, and class are fully integrated throughout in order to demonstrate the complexity of the implementation and intended results of incarceration. The Encyclopedia contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, and detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States.
From the Library database, CQ Researcher, this report addresses the question: Should companies be in the incarceration business? The "Issue Tracker" column provides a chronological rundown of related prison reports.
CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. The reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
An analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives. The Industrial Revolution has its dark side, and the tumultuous events of the period touch off intense and often thrilling reform movement.