Texas Tough

Texas Tough

The Rise of America's Prison Empire

Book - 2010
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In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. This sweeping history of American imprisonment shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric becomes the national template--and how that injustice can change.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805080698
0805080694
Branch Call Number: 365.9764 PERKINSON
Characteristics: 484 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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CraigRuane
Jan 04, 2017

An interesting read, with some parallels with New Zealand's prison system (though hopefully ours doesn't have the same levels of brutality and corruption). Ultimately though, too long, and repetitious. Has the feel of a thesis turned into a book.

Highly recommended if you want to understand why we incarcerate more of our own citizens than any other developed country and why that incarceration doesn't reduce crime.

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