Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Executions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert Meeropol
      Pages 3-9
    3. Steven Hawkins
      Pages 22-34
    4. Daniel R. Williams
      Pages 35-49
  3. Blacks and Criminal Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Salim Muwakkil
      Pages 85-93
    3. Adrien K. Wing
      Pages 94-105
  4. Gender, Sexuality, and Confinement

  5. Policing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Gabriel Torres, David A. Love
      Pages 222-229
    3. Gary T. Marx
      Pages 258-271
  6. Political Repression and Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Margaret Ratner, Michael Ratner
      Pages 277-286
    3. José López
      Pages 303-311
    4. Judi Bari
      Pages 322-331
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 332-352

About this book


The United States has the highest incarceration and execution rate in the industrialized world. Due to bias in policing and sentencing, seventy percent of the nearly two million people incarcerated in U.S. prisons and immigration detention centers are people of color. Statistics like these, and the often unsafe conditions under which people are imprisoned, make an analysis of incarceration urgent and timely. Using a broad multicultural approach, States of Confinement uncovers the political, social, and economic biases in our policing and punishment systems. The distinguished authors of this collection - such as Angela Y. Davis, Manning Marable, Gary Marx, Robert Meeropol (the son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg), Julie Su (an attorney for immigrants' rights), and Judi Bari (a founder of Earthfirst!) - use their diverse experiences and expertise to discuss troubling abuses of police powers in our society. The issues they expose include racial profiling and sentencing disparities that target African Americans and Latinos, the sexual exploitation of women in prison and police custody, racist and homophobic violence, the policing of Asian Americans and Arabs, the adverse conditions of HIV-positive prisoners, and the use of the Grand Jury and police to undermine political activity. These twenty-seven cogent and accessible essays will appeal to students and educators, as well as anyone concerned about the erosion of democracy and equality in this era of increasing incarceration and police powers.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-312-29450-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-10929-3
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