March 30, 2017

Episode 11: Shackled: Privatization, Institutionalized Racism, and Immigration Detention in America’s Prisons

On this episode, we aren't talking about specific crimes--rather, we're looking at how we house and treat criminals. It's a hugely complex topic, but we touched on the major elements present in our prison systems: the advent of privatization and subsequent commodification of convicts, the rampant cycle of instutionalized racism, immigration detention in "shadow prisons" and the devastating effects of solitary confinement. We could only scratch the surface on this episode, but the links below contain a wealth of info:

Links:

New Yorker article on solitary confinement: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009/03/30/hellhole

Ton of info on racial discrimination from the ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/mass-incarceration/racial-disparities-criminal-justice

Shadow prison/immigration detention: https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/about

Privatization of prisons: https://www.aclu.org/issues/mass-incarceration/privatization-criminal-justice/private-prisons

 

 

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