Prisons Class Notes - Prisons 8.23.07 What do prisons help...

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Prisons 8.23.07 What do prisons help us see about ourselves? India—prisons classified by SES China—highly moralistic society America— o What dose our prison say about our society? o How is this system simply accepted? Elmira hub (NY State) 4 maximum security prisons (1500-2000 people) 75% come from neighborhoods of NYC 1791, Attica—17 prisons in NY Now—70 prisons in NY Incarceration trends: Garland: era of mass incarceration 1. Sheer numbers o U.S.=outlier (699 U.S. Incarceration Rate/ 100,000) 5% of world’s population 25% of incarcerated population o 12,877 U.S. black males ages 25-29 not just a race issue 2. Social concentration of imprisonment’s effects o 1/3 of black men will spend some time in prison o DC 42% black men in jail/on parole o Baltimore ½ black men in jail/ on parole Education v. Incarceration Year Incarcerated Enrolled in college 1980 143,000 463,700 2000 791,600 603,032 Todd Clear In 1 block, $3 million spend incarcerating individuals
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Bush administration “crisis of re-entry” Imprisonment—partly a function of crime Crime: forbidden act (what is a forbidden act?—depends on the era) Merck Vioxx: found to increase heart attacks has not paid $$ in damages judges said not class action $ buys good lawyers—white collar crimes 8.28.07 The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison Louisiana—largest maximum security prison o Nearly 85% die there Story of 6 men o George Crawford: life sentence with no parole 22 years old: murderer says he never killed anyone o Eugene “Bishop” Tannehill Life sentence for murder (1959) “I was raised here” Things prison will do to you: bring to crossroads of turning point harden you and become bitter kill you talks at mass and preaches about repenting recommended for parole—needs governors signature o George Ashanti Witherspoon Sentence: 75 years in prison for armed robbery Has been there for 25 years “even though doing life sentence, there is always hope” has a file of all the good things he has done for the parole board 10 years to become Class A Trustee leave prison to participate in programs President of CPR team Knows escaping isn’t answer—he wants real freedom o Logan “Bones” Theriot Life sentence for murder of his wife Has terminal cancer Will not eat, wants to die without pain—happy to be dying
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Can still have a life in prison o John Brown Death sentence for murder Death row for 12 years Cell 23 hours/ day Only hope to avoid is pardon from governor or stay from court Board rejects pardon for clemency o Vincent Simmons Aggravated rape: 100 years for 2 counts of rape 6 grade education—forced to represent himself petitioned 12 different courts 1 st parole hearing in 20 years victim: 14 years old at time of crime board: “we are very sympathetic to victim”
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2008 for the course GOVT 3141 taught by Professor Katzenstein, m during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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