The Inside Stories of the Global American Prison

  title={The Inside Stories of the Global American Prison},
  author={H. Bruce Franklin},
  journal={Texas Studies in Literature and Language},
  pages={235 - 242}
  • H. Franklin
  • Published 31 July 2008
  • History
  • Texas Studies in Literature and Language
Three decades ago, I wrote that the literature of the American prison is not "some peripheral cultural phenomenon but something close to the center of our historical experience as a nation-state."1 Back then, there were 300,000 people in U.S. domestic prisons and jails. Today there are 2.4 million. Since then, the United States has built an average of a prison a week inside our nation, globalized a vast prison-industrial complex, and normalized prison torture at home and around the world. The… 
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The story of cruel and unusual
The revelations of prisoner abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib and more recently at Guantnamo were shocking to most Americans. And those who condemned the treatment of prisoners abroad have focused on
Locked out: felon disenfranchisement and American democracy
Locked Out provides a substantial empirical basis for reasoned debate on the legitimacy of felon disfranchisement in an ostensibly democratic society. Accomplishing this requires surveying an
Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
INTRODUCTION 1. Foundations 2. The Racial Origins of Felon Disenfranchisement 3. The Disenfranchised Population 4. The Contemporary Disenfranchisement Regime 5. Political Attitudes, Voting, and
Keeper of the Canon
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