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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire - Perkinson

Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire  by Robert Perkinson is reviewed by Mary Foster in the Rochester, MN Post Bulletin.  It begins:

buy Texas Tough the book"As Robert Perkinson points out in "Texas Tough," his very readable history of U.S. prisons, locking up people is big business. America sends more people to prison per capita than any other country in the world, locking up about one out of every 100 people.
     Perkinson, a professor of American studies at the University of Hawaii, presents a compelling history of the prison system and its growth in the United States. He also shows that when it comes to prisons, no state does it better — or worse, depending on your outlook — than Texas.
     Surprisingly, prisons in which criminals are confined for long periods and are sometimes offered the opportunity to reform, are a relatively new invention. Although locking up people for crimes may be as old as civilization, Perkinson writes that prisons as we know them — "an institution that houses convicted lawbreakers for protracted, precisely measured periods of time — is a product only of the modern age," having begun toward the end of the 18th century."  Read more about Texas "leadership" at

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