American Prison

But I was never able to turn away from the American prison system; quite the opposite. We are living through a time of mass incarceration with few parallels ...

American Prison

American Prison

An enraging, necessary look at the private prison system, and a convincing clarion call for prison reform.” —NPR.org New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 * One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2018 * Winner of the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize * Winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism * Winner of the 2019 RFK Book and Journalism Award * A New York Times Notable Book A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still. The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly-trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison's sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone. A blistering indictment of the private prison system, and the powerful forces that drive it, American Prison is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.

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American Prison
Language: en
Pages: 368
Authors: Shane Bauer
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-09-18 - Publisher: Penguin

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The American Prison
Language: en
Pages: 285
Authors: Francis T. Cullen, Cheryl Lero Jonson, Mary K. Stohr
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-25 - Publisher: SAGE

This volume is an attempt to be at the forefront of engaging in this conversation about the future of the American prison. Ináthirteen chapters,áthe authorsáask established correctional scholars to imagine what this prison future might entail. Each scholar uses their expertise to craftùin an accessible way for students to readùa
Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Novels
Language: en
Pages: 158
Authors: Auli Ek
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-28 - Publisher: Routledge

This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of how contemporary American prison narratives reflect and produce ideologies of masculinity in the United States, and in so doing, compellingly engages popular culture in order to demonstrate the profound ways in which implicit understandings of prison life shape all Americans, and their reactions
Rethinking the American Prison Movement
Language: en
Pages: 206
Authors: Dan Berger, Toussaint Losier
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-10-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Rethinking the American Prison Movement provides a short, accessible overview of the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show that prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. From
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Pages: 326
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