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The Prison Industrial Complex


Manufacturer: AK Press

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Which industries are a part of the Prison Industrial Complex? How are they profiting from prisons? And how are they using their power to affect criminal law and public opinion? How are people organizing to stop or slow prison growth? What is prison abolition?

Over the last generation, the United States prison systems have grown at a rate unparalleled in history, the number of people locked in its cages is rapidly approaching 2 million. In California during the last 20 years, the state has built one new university and 23 new prisons. The explosion in the prison population is creating a prison industrial complex in which the race to incarcerate meets the ever growing greed for profits in hundreds of corporations who are raking in money at the expense of prisoners and the taxpayers who are paying the bills.

Angela Davis has been leading the fight against the expansion of the prison industrial complex for over 25 years. In this recent talk, she reviews the background for the current prison building binge, the effects of mass incarceration on communities of color and particularly on women of color, now one of the fastest growing segments of the prison population. In addition she offers a personal view of her own time in prison and the imprisonment of others close to her. She lays out in stark detail the options facing the United States: a political industrial complex whose political power grows with each new prison built or a radical turn towards investing society's resources in education, health care, housing and other human needs rather than in building more cages.

Angela Davis has toured the USA for the last decade speaking out against prison expansion, she was the prime mover behind the 1997 conference Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, which drew over 3,500 participants to Berkeley. She is the premier advocate of prison abolition in the world today. A professor in the History of Consciousness at University of California Santa Cruz, her previous books include: Women, Race & Class, Blues Legacies & Black Feminism. Women, Culture & Politics and The Angela Y. Davis Reader.

Published by AK Press, 2000.

Product Code: 9781902593227

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