Prison Studies

Field Report: Prison Studies 1

Gianpaolo Pagni

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Gianpaolo Pagni

The Background

Some 2.3-million people are incarcerated in the United States. From the 1920s to 1975, the imprisonment rate hovered around 110 per 100,000 U.S. residents; it has since rocketed to 760—proportionally five to 12 times as high as any other industrialized nations.

The annual bill: $64-billion.

Reacting to that scale and to increasingly harsh methods of imprisonment, scholars across the social sciences and humanities