Prisoner reentry as myth and ceremony

  title={Prisoner reentry as myth and ceremony},
  author={Lo{\"i}c J. D. Wacquant},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
The carceral boom in post-Civil Rights America results not from profit-seeking but from state-crafting. Accordingly, we must slay the chimera of the “Prison Industrial Complex” and forsake its derived tale of the “Prisoner Reentry Industry.” This murky economic metaphor is doubly misleading: first, most released convicts experience not reentry but ongoing circulation between the prison and their dispossessed neighborhoods; second, the institutions entrusted with supervising them are not market… 
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