Culture and Globalization          Prisons        April 3, 2013
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population  quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every...
Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)What does this term mean?
Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)● Eisenhower warned against the "military  industrial complex" - what happens to war  when ...
Prisons and EconomicsHow do prisons deal with the economic crisesof globalization?
Accumulation and CrisisRuth Wilson Gilmore argues that the expansionof the prison system in the US is a response tofour cr...
Angela Davis: Are Prisons Obsolete?Be prepared to lead the class in a discussion ofyour chapter. You should be able to add...
Do we need prisons?
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  1. 1. Culture and Globalization Prisons April 3, 2013
  2. 2. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.
  3. 3. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.
  4. 4. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.● The US has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.
  5. 5. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.● The US has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.● The US is the most incarcerating nation that has ever existed.
  6. 6. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.● The US has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.● The US is the most incarcerating nation that has ever existed.● African Americans and Hispanics make up about 25% of the US population and 58% of the prison population.
  7. 7. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.● The US has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.● The US is the most incarcerating nation that has ever existed.● African Americans and Hispanics make up about 25% of the US population and 58% of the prison population.● Whites use drugs at 5 times the rate of African Americans; African Americans are imprisoned at 10 times the rate of Whites for drug crimes.
  8. 8. US Prison Facts● Between 1980 and 2008, the US prison population quadrupled, from 500,000 to 2.3 million.● 1 out of every 143 Americans was in jail or prison in 2002.● The US has 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners.● The US is the most incarcerating nation that has ever existed.● African Americans and Hispanics make up about 25% of the US population and 58% of the prison population.● Whites use drugs at 5 times the rate of African Americans; African Americans are imprisoned at 10 times the rate of Whites for drug crimes.● Corrections costs about $70 billion annually.
  9. 9. Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)What does this term mean?
  10. 10. Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)● Eisenhower warned against the "military industrial complex" - what happens to war when profit becomes a motive ○ The example of uranium mining in Navajo country● To discuss a PIC is to ask about private gains (of both public and private prisons) and how this might drive social policy
  11. 11. Prisons and EconomicsHow do prisons deal with the economic crisesof globalization?
  12. 12. Accumulation and CrisisRuth Wilson Gilmore argues that the expansionof the prison system in the US is a response tofour crises of accumulation in the context ofglobalization: surpluses of ● finance capital ● land ● state capacity ● labor
  13. 13. Angela Davis: Are Prisons Obsolete?Be prepared to lead the class in a discussion ofyour chapter. You should be able to address:● The key idea(s) or argument(s) of your chapter - what is the big picture the chapter paints?● Specific examples Davis uses to illustrate the key ideas/arguments.● Any questions or reflections your group had on the chapter.
  14. 14. Do we need prisons?

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