Surviving in the New Mass Carceral Zone
Darke, S. & Garces, C. (2017) 'Surviving in the new mass carceral zone', Prison Service Journal, 229: 2-9
68 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017
Date Written: January 3, 2017
As regional scholars, statespersons, and critics know all too well, prison populations have in recent years risen sharply across Latin America. The sheer numbers of the incarcerated have more than doubled since the turn of the century; in the aggregate, South and Central American prison populations grew from an estimated 650,000 in 2000 to over 1.3 million by 2014. All 20 Latin American countries now lock away more people than they did little more than fifteen years ago. The new mass carceral zone has much to teach about the present and future of global state penality and carceral (mis)management, and it is to these pressing matters of life and death that, first and foremost, any publicly engaged prison ethnography ought to direct itself.
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