Find a list of essential reading on the American prison industrial complex on the Prison Culture blog. Here are a few suggestions from the site:
Alexander, Michelle (2010). The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Ayers, William (1998). A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court
Davis, Angela (2003). Are Prisons Obsolete?
Davis, Angela (2005). Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson (2007). Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
Herivel, Tara & Wright, Paul (2002). Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America’s Poor
Read the full list over at Prison Culture.
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