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Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  304 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America notonly documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing,prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war oncrime, it also explains the political and economic history behind themassive crackdown. This updated edition includes an afterword on the War on Terror, a meditation ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published August 17th 2008 by Verso (first published 1999)
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Aug 30, 2007 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it paints a viable economic story behind the explosive growth of the prison system in the last 35 years. Parenti argues that neoliberal development (i.e. the global exportation of manufacturing labor to countries that are cheaper for corporations) has resulted in massive job loss amongst working class men, and particularly African American males, making them superfluous to the labor needs of a post-industrial society. This means that for the first time in US history, the ...more
Grace M.
Apr 20, 2008 Grace M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this shit will just get you so mad about the rising police state and the prison industrial complex. Read about the development of Zero Tolerance Policies, 3-strike laws, human warehousing, and the role of Corrections Officers Unions in policy puppetry. No wonder all the cashmoneys ain't going to the damn edumacashen system.
Jeremy Serwer
May 05, 2015 Jeremy Serwer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book outlining the Prison industrial complex. Exhaustive research and lots of fact based information. I wish Parenti would write a new chapter in this effort as much has changed since the early 2000's and much of his research dealt with the 1990's. I love that he tracks the economic flow of wealth from the late 60's and how that also plays a large roll in what is considered crime. If you want too understand a bit about why we have 2.3 million prisoners in the US and how the justice sys ...more
Jose Palafox
From my homie and comrade ;)

But seriously, an important work that should help us move away from some of the economism in some of the "Prison Industrial Complex/prison labor for profit" sensationalism in the movement. As Parenti convincingly demonstrates, the discourses and practices in the post-1960's clampdown in the U.S. is entangled within the larger crisis and contradiction of capitalism and not just 'specific corporations' in the PIC.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Nov 07, 2011 Daniel Burton-Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prisons
The most well-considered and lasting of the late '90s, early '00s prison movement books.
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Christian Parenti is a contributing editor at The Nation, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, and a visiting scholar at the City University of New York. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the London School of Economics. The author of Lockdown America, The Soft Cage, and The Freedom. Parenti has written for Fortune, The New York Times, Los AngelesTimes, Washington Post, Playbo ...more
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