… an attempt to document how the current prison industrial complex operates and to underscore the ways that it structures American society

prison culture 2For an excellent resource on understanding prison culture in the United States check out Prison Culture.

The unidentified blogger writes about the Prison Industrial Complex using this definition from Communities Against Rape and Abuse:

a massive multi-billion dollar industry that promotes the exponential expansion of prisons, jails, immigrant detention centers, and juvenile detention centers. The PIC is represented by corporations that profit from incarceration, politicians who target people of color so that they appear to be “tough on crime,” and the media that represents a slanted view of how crime looks in our communities. In order to survive, the PIC uses propaganda to convince the public how much we need prisons; uses public support to strengthen harmful law-and-order agendas such as the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terrorism”; uses these agendas to justify imprisoning disenfranchised people of color, poor people, and people with disabilities; leverages the resulting increasing rate of incarceration for prison-related corporate investments (construction, maintenance, goods and services); pockets the profit; and uses profit to create more propaganda

There really is a lot of information for those who have any interest in the dynamics played by crime, gangs, race and the criminal justice system in urban settings.  I recommend Prison Culture.

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