Lockdown America

I have this book in PDF, since I have not found my paper copy, and it is a good thing, too.

A paragraph I have cut for now, but need to use, is:

“Worthy of analysis is the ambiguous economic efficiency of prisons: they generate income, but they also have a high economic cost. At this level their economic function may be in the transfer rather than the creation of wealth, and while some prisoners work for outside industries, more do not. The role of providing low-cost labor without the benefits of citizenship is filled by migrant workers, who are increasingly subject to indefinite detention and associated with criminality. Like prisoners, they are barred from their homes but limited in movement where they are. The immobility of these two classes stands in sharp contrast to the free movement of goods, and exuberant movement of certain elites that characterize the globalized world.”

Axé.


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