Download e-book for iPad: 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary by Keramet Reiter

By Keramet Reiter

ISBN-10: 0300211465

ISBN-13: 9780300211467

ISBN-10: 0300240198

ISBN-13: 9780300240191

ISBN-10: 1515957039

ISBN-13: 9781515957034

How America’s prisons became a “brutal and inhumane” perform into regular procedure

initially intended to be short and unprecedented, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has turn into long term and customary. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours an afternoon in featureless cells, with out viewers or human touch for years on finish, and they're held solely at directors’ discretion. Keramet Reiter tells the historical past of 1 “supermax,” California’s Pelican Bay country criminal, whose severe stipulations lately sparked a statewide starvation strike by means of 30,000 prisoners. This e-book describes how Pelican Bay used to be created with no legislative oversight, in worried reaction to Nineteen Seventies radicals; how simply prisoners slip into solitary; and the psychological havoc and social expenses of years and a long time in isolation. The manufactured from fifteen years of analysis in and approximately prisons, this booklet offers crucial history to a topic now drawing nationwide attention.

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