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American prison : a reporter's undercover journey into the business of punishment

Bauer, Shane (author.).

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Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity 365.973 BAU 2018 (Text) 31001101732171 Adult Non Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 0735223580
  • ISBN: 9780735223585
  • Physical Description: 351 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
    print
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-338) and index.
Summary, etc.: "A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history. IIn 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an expose about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine Mother Jones. Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still"--
Subject: Imprisonment United States
Prisons United States
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