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Prison Industrial Complex for Beginners

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781939994318
Author(s): James Braxton Peterson
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: For Beginners
Dimensions: 229 x 0 x 152 (w x l x h)
Pages: 176
Series: For Beginners (Steerforth Press)

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PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX FOR BEGINNERS is a graphic narrative project that attempts to distill the fundamental components of what scholars, activists and artists have identified as the Mass Incarceration movement in the United States. As far back as the early 1990s, activist critics of the US prison system, marked its emergence as a 'complex' in a manner comparable to how President Eisenhower marked the Military Industrial Complex. Like its institutional 'cousin,' the Prison Industrial Complex features a critical combination of political ideology, far-reaching federal policy and the neo-liberal directive to privatise institutions traditionally within the purview of the government. The Prison Industrial Complex relies on the 'law and order' ideology fomented by President Nixon and developed at least partially in response to the unrest generated through the Civil Rights Movement.
It is (and has been) enhanced and emboldened via the US 'war on drugs,' a slate of policies that by any account have failed to do anything except normalise the warehousing of nonviolent substance abusers in jails and prisons that serve more as criminal training centres then as redemptive spaces for citizens who might re-enter society successfully. Sadly, this mix of ideology, policy and privatisation has facilitated the US leading the world in the rate at which it incarcerates its own citizens. PRISON INDUST
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