This episode takes us beyond the headlines to investigate what societal structures makes America’s criminal justice system so different from those of other countries, and we take a look at what role the Black Lives Matter movement plays in this contemporary debate.
This episode features interviews with Nicola Lacey of LSE’s Law Department and Michael McQuarrie of LSE Sociology.
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If you would like to learn more about the topics discussed, here’s a list of websites and materials related to this podcast:
- Lacey, N., 2010. The Prisoners’ Dilemma: Political Economy and Punishment in Contemporary Democracies.
- Lee, C.W., McQuarrie, M. and Walker, E.T., 2015. Realizing the promise of public participation in an age of inequality. Democratizing Inequalities: Dilemmas of the New Public Participation, p.247.
- Burkhardt, B.C., 2016. The federal Bureau of Prisons’ move to phase-out private prisons is a largely symbolic one. USAPP-American Politics and Policy Blog.
- Ostermann, M. and Caplan, J.M., 2016. Some released prisoners cost municipalities millions by reoffending, but don’t have to. USAPP-American Politics and Policy Blog.
- Thorpe, R., 2015. How rural prison economies impede bipartisan efforts to end mass incarceration. USAPP-American Politics and Policy Blog.
- Cravens, M. and Karch, A., 2014. States are less likely to reform “three strikes” laws if they use them regularly and have higher levels of prison privatization. USAPP-American Politics and Policy Blog.
- Habibi, S., 2013. “Lockup quotas” guarantee profits for the US private prison industry. USAPP-American Politics and Policy Blog.
- Photos Offer Glimpse Inside Arizona Border Detention Centers. New York Times, August 18th, 2016
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