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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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“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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Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Dan Berger In this pathbreaking book, Dan Berger offers a bold reconsideration of twentieth century black activism, the prison system, and the origins of mass incarceration. Throughout the civil rights era, black activists thrust the prison into public view, turning prisoners into symbols of racial oppression while arguing that confinement was an inescapable part of… Read More »Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

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Race and Punishment in American Prisons

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory Jeremiah C. Olson May 5, 2016 This article deals with prison staffing conditions and standards and how they effect the use of solitary confinement in the prison system. The article also deals with staff perceptions of the inmates and their crimes often determines who ends up in solitary confinement. More Information


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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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Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

Harvard Law School Tuesday, March 22, 2016 The Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) is a student practice organization in which students represent inmates in Massachusetts prisons. PLAP student attorneys argue at disciplinary hearings on behalf of prisoners charged with violating prison regulations. PLAP students also argue before the Massachusetts Parole Board for prisoners facing parole… Read More »Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

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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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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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Acres of Skin

Medical Abuse Behind Bars Films Media Group Allen M. Hornblum July 4, 2005 Drawing comparisons to the Tuskegee syphilis atrocities, this program describes experiments performed at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison over a period of decades, during which inmates were subjected to frequently dangerous medical procedures without their informed consent. The video explores connections between major pharmaceutical… Read More »Acres of Skin

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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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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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The Marshall Project

Nonprofit journalism about criminal justice Various authors August 2, 2016 The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work… Read More »The Marshall Project

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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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