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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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(Non)Scenes of Captivity: The Common Sense of Punishment and Death

Radical History Review Dylan Rodríguez October 1, 2006 Article about the global regime of policing and punishment More Information

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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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Public History and Mass Incarceration: An Interview with Martha Swan

The Public Historian Mary Rizzo Martha Swan February 1, 2014 Abstract: Nonprofit human rights organization John Brow nLives! uses local and regional history as a tool to raise contemporary questions around racial injustice,inspired by the work of controversial abolitionist leaderJohn Brown. In this interview,founder Martha Swan discusses how John Brown Lives! uses public history,from a series of community conversations around mass incarceration and drug laws to a traveling exhibiton voting rights in nineteenth century New York State, to encourage people to question the narrative of American history, the… Read More »Public History and Mass Incarceration: An Interview with Martha Swan


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Early Modern Prisons

Exploring gaols, bridewells and other forms of detention, 1500-1800 Rachel Weil Richard Bell Early Modern Prisons is a collective effort to find out what it was like to be locked up in the early modern period. We are interested in the economics and government of the prison, the fees, the food, how alcohol was sold, how… Read More »Early Modern Prisons

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 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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Free CeCe!

Laverne Cox Jac Gares October 22, 2016 On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from… Read More »Free CeCe!

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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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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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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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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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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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