Monthly Review

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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 3, July

Cruel but Not Unusual: The Punishment of Women in U.S. Prisons
An Interview with Marilyn Buck and Laura Whitehorn After years of neglect, the issue of women in prison has begun to receive attention in this country. Media accounts of overcrowding, lengthening sentences, and horrendous medical care in women's...
Disablement, Prison, and Historical Segregation
The story of disablement and the prison industrial complex must begin with a trail of telling numbers: a disproportionate number of persons incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails are disabled. Though Census Bureau data suggest that disabled persons...
Lawyers, Jails, and the Law's Fake Bargains
Assume that Canada and the Western European countries have about the right number of people in jail. Assume that the social problem of crime is not terribly different in those countries than in the United States. Understand that our incarceration rate...
Prison Advocacy in a Time of Capital Disaccumulation
Is There A Prison-Industrial Complex? Any analysis of contemporary U.S. society must seek to explain the trends in the last two decades toward the confinement of more and more persons behind bars, toward harsher conditions of incarceration, toward...
Prisoners Are Citizens
Introduction It's an ugly place. Even with subtle hints of spring in the atmosphere and the early-morning sun highlighting houses in the distance across the Hudson, there's something thick and rancid in the aura of the place. It's as if the colors...
Prisoners of War
For you are prisoners of war, in an enemy's country--of a war, too, that is unrivaled for its injustice, cruelty, meanness... --Frederick Douglass(1850) [1] While the revered creator and abolitionist was doubtless addressing the barbaric treatment...
Prisons and Executions-The U.S. Model: A Historical Introduction
by the Editors The United States incarcerates five to eight times more of its people per capita than Western European nations-though its crime rates for nonviolent crimes are comparable to those of Western Europe-and seventeen times more than Japan....
Reflections from This Side of the Razor Wire
I looked up at the sky, the Seminole sky, the sky of the young chief Osceola, the sky that today looks down on this federal prison in Coleman, Florida. Contemplating the irony that history posed before me, I imagined Seminole villages where African...
Teaching in Prison
If prisons were places people who have committed serious crimes were sent to pay a debt to society, and to be rehabilitated to return to society as healthy members of it, then at least the following things would be true. First, people who had not committed...
The Death Penalty and Globalization in Nigeria, the United States, and Europe
Introduction The most ominous social phenomena shaping the U.S. political economy in the 1980s and 1990s have undoubtedly been: (1) the mass incarceration of young proletarian men and women, mostly black and Hispanic, and (2) not only the return...
The "New" Criminal Justice System: State Repression from 1968 to 2001
Consider again the numbers: in the last twenty years the Justice Department's budget grew by 900 percent; over 60 percent of all prisoners are in for non-violent drug crimes; an estimated one-in-three black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine...
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