Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor

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Tara Herivel, Paul Wright
Routledge, 2003 - Political Science - 332 pages
Articles by 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 labour. With 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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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 ... Read full review

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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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