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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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Scholarship
Black image with a drawing of hands holding prison bars, along with text reading "Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through 2014, Beth Richie, University of Illinois at Chicago"

Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through

The Justice Initiative at Columbia University Beth Richie May 30, 2014 Beth Richie Keynote address at the 2014 Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through Conference at Columbia University organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus, The Justice Initiative at Columbia University, the Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities in collaboration with students, faculty and community… Read More »Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through

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Political Consequences of the Carceral State

American Political Science Review 104.4 Vesla M. Weaver Amy E. Lerman November 1, 2010 Contact with the criminal justice system is greater today than at any time in our history. In this article, we argue that interactions with criminal justice are an important source of political socialization, in which the lessons that are imprinted are… Read More »Political Consequences of the Carceral State

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“Where did all the white criminals go? Reconfiguring race and crime on the road to mass incarceration”

Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society Khalil Gibran Muhammad March 14, 2011 This article highlights racialized constructions of criminality that surfaced in the wake of mass migrations and immigrations of African American and European workers to the industrial North during the first few decades of the 20th century. This attention to… Read More »“Where did all the white criminals go? Reconfiguring race and crime on the road to mass incarceration”

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Projects
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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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Graphic showing that local jails hold 11,700,000 people while state and federal prisons hold 631,000

Think Justice Blog

Vera Institute of Justice Various authors August 2, 2016 This blog includes series of posts and commentary around topics that address different issues related to the US criminal justice system and areas of that system the Vera Institute actively tries to reform. More Information

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Million Dollar Hoods

Los Angeles operates the largest jail system on earth Kelly Lytle Hernandez Yoh Kawano Albert Kochaphum At a cost quickly approaching $1 billion annually, more than 17,000 people are incarcerated every night in county jails and city lockups. But not every neighborhood within Los Angeles is equally impacted by L.A.’s massive jail system. Enter the… Read More »Million Dollar Hoods

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Multimedia
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Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler July 6, 2013 Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar’s life, in which he accompanied his family and friends… Read More »Fruitvale Station

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The 13th

Netflix Original Documentary Ava DuVernay October 7, 2016 An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. More Information

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The Trials of Darryl Hunt

HBO Documentary Films Anne Sundberg Ricki Stern “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Both a social justice story and a personally driven narrative, the film chronicles… Read More »The Trials of Darryl Hunt

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News
Screenshot of the Immigrant Incarceration in Minnesota website

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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Understanding Carceral Fort Snelling in Public Education

University of Minnesota Genevieve Romain, Dustin Sjong, Matthew D. Frater, Sarah Forschler, Aaron J. Person Fort Snelling has many histories. One history most often forgotten is its role as a site of mass incarceration – a history in which the United States imprisoned over 1,700 innocent Dakota lives within the same piece of land that… Read More »Understanding Carceral Fort Snelling in Public Education

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the Orleans Parish Jail is no place for children – no matter their charge

The Times-Picayune Jarvis DeBerry October 19, 2016 Article about inequality in the justice system More Information

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