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The Black Myths Podcast

Feb 2, 2024

In part 2, we explore the factors that drive mass incarceration. Per usual the truth is more complicated than the myth. We begin with the early history of prisons in the United States. Then we delve into the work (Golden Gulag and Abolition Geography) of geographer and abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore to analyze how prisons became a fix all for social problems. We offer California as a case study to understanding prison expansion on state level. In part 3, we will explore the role counterinsurgency played in prison expansion.

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation