The Carceral Studies Network site organizes material by topical themes and resource type. These resources are split into two kinds: research and pedagogy. The resources below are a sampling of the former, and are curated to help researchers more easily find relevant resources for their study. Here, users can browse resources like scholarly articles and books, multimedia films and podcasts, news aggregators like The Marshall Project, and innovative projects like HAL: States of Incarceration.

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Cruel and Unusual Care and Punishment

Epistemic Injustices in Correctional Health Care American Philosophical Association Philosophy and Medicine Newsletter 14.1 Andrea Pitts September 1, 2016 Hermeneutical injustice occurs when a collective gap in knowledge unfairly deprives an individual of an ability to make sense of her/his own experiences. Cases of hermeneutical injustice often involve forms of implicit bias and meta-ignorance that… Read More »Cruel and Unusual Care and Punishment

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Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History

The Journal of American History Heather Ann Thompson December 1, 2010 By the close of the twentieth century the United States had incarcerated more people than any other country in the world, and the nation’s social, economic, and political institutions had become inexorably intertwined with the practice of punishment. Historians, however, have not yet considered… Read More »Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline, and Transformation in Postwar American History

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Arresting Citizenship

The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control University of Chicago Press Amy E. Lerman Vesla M. Weaver October 4, 2016 The numbers are staggering: One-third of America’s adult population has passed through the criminal justice system and now has a criminal record. Many more were never convicted, but are nonetheless subject to surveillance by the… Read More »Arresting Citizenship


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Prison Public Memory Project

Working with Communities to Preserve the Past and Unlock the Future Prison Public Memory Project January 1, 2011 The Prison Public Memory Project engages people from all walks of life in conversation, reflection and learning about the complex role of prisons in communities and society. The Project works with individuals and organizations in communities with… Read More »Prison Public Memory Project

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JCI Scholars Program

Jessup Correctional Institute Scholars Program October 4, 2016 Our Program is dedicated to a simple concept: no one in society should be deprived of access to ideas. This has led all of us, through different paths, to seek opportunities to teach and learn outside the walls of the academy, built to keep people out on… Read More »JCI Scholars Program

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Million Dollar Blocks

Center for Spatial Research Justice Mapping Center The United States currently has more than 2 million people locked up in jails and prisons. A disproportionate number of them come from a very few neighborhoods in the country’s biggest cities. In many places the concentration is so dense that states are spending in excess of a… Read More »Million Dollar Blocks


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The Thin Blue Line

Errol Morris The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Adams’ case was reviewed and he was released from prison approximately a year after the film’s release More Information

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Evolution of a Criminal

PBS Darius Clark Monroe July 6, 2014 In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the… Read More »Evolution of a Criminal

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Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Brett Story January 1, 2016 A film about the prison and its life in the American landscape. More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. THE PRISON IN TWELVE… Read More »Prison in Twelve Landscapes


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Trial by Fire

Did Texas execute an innocent man? the New Yorker David Grann September 7, 2009 Cameron Todd Willingham was sentenced to death in Texas, but he insisted upon his innocence in the deaths of his children and refused an offer to plead guilty in return for a life sentence. More Information

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Inside-Outside Alliance

Amplifying the voices of Durham’s incarcerated population and their loved ones Inside Outside Alliance Durham, NC Inside-Outside Alliance is a group of people trying to support the struggles of those inside (or formerly inside) Durham County jail, and their families and friends. We recognize that any of us can be outside one day, inside the next–the… Read More »Inside-Outside Alliance

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Immigration Incarceration in Minnesota

José Manuel Santillana ​This website was created by José Manuel Santillana, a first generation Chicano graduate student at the University of Minnesota. It is an extension of his Public Memory and Mass incarceration course concerning Latina/o immigration incarceration and deportation in the state of Minnesota. This projects seeks to create an ongoing archive of maps,… Read More »Immigration Incarceration in Minnesota


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