Texas Tough The Rise of America's Prison Empire

ISBN-10: 0312680473
ISBN-13: 9780312680473
Edition: 2010
Authors: Robert Perkinson
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Description: In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. A pioneer in criminal justice severity'”from assembly-line executions to supermax isolation, from mandatory sentencing to prison privatization'”Texas is the most locked-down state in the most  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. A pioneer in criminal justice severity'”from assembly-line executions to supermax isolation, from mandatory sentencing to prison privatization'”Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated country in the world. Texas Tough , a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, explains how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation.Drawing on the individual stories as well as authoritative research, Texas Tough reveals the true origins of Americars"s prison juggernaut and points toward a more just and humane future.

Introduction
Prison Heartland
Plantation and Penitentiary
"Worse Than Slavery"
The Agonies Of Reform
The Penal Colony That Wasn't
"Best In The Nation"
Appeal To Justice
Retributive Revolution
The Triumph Of Texas Tough
Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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