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Geoff Ward

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Punishing for a Living: More on the Cementing of Prisons

Ward shifts our attention to a contradiction raised in Sudbury’s “World Without Prisons.” Namely, he explores how the punitive penal system in the United States provides working-class service workers, notably African American women and Latinas, with relatively stable and adequately paid jobs as guards and criminal justice personnel. What does it mean, he asks, that a growing segment of workers is employed in industries of social control? Anti-globalization activists, he concludes, should not ignore these “dynamics much closer to home.”

criminal justice personnel, African American women and Latinas

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, Nos. 1-2 (2004): 35-38