Prison nation The warehousing of America's poor

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Published
New York : Routledge 2003.
Language
English
Physical Description
332 p. ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780415935388
9780415935371
Other Authors
Tara Herivel (-), Paul Wright, 1965-
  • The warehousing of America's poor
  • Two million swept away
  • Making a buck off the prisoner's back
  • The private prison industry
  • Malign neglect : prison medicine
  • Rape, racism, and repression
  • The bars to prison litigation.
Review by Library Journal Review

Wright, a prisoner in Washington State's Monroe Correctional Complex, and prison activist Herivel have compiled 41 previously published essays that chronicle the injustices of the U.S. penal system. The essays can be read separately or as a unit, for each is drawn like a magnet to the theme: America is warehousing its poor in prisons, mistreating them, and earning a profit from this mistreatment. The essays, many by reputable writers (e.g., Noam Chomsky, Mark Dow, Judith Green, and Mumia Abu-Jamal), cover the lack of legal counsel, the paucity of healthcare, the racial overtones, the plight of women prisoners, the impact of the war on drugs, and numerous other related subjects. One especially poignant essay describes a prison's effect on the town in which it is located. The writers hammer away relentlessly at their themes, which they back up with careful documentation. Although it may not have strong appeal for the general reader, this work certainly should find a place in the crime collections of academic and larger public libraries.-Frances Sandiford, formerly with Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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