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Why Mass Incarceration Matters to American History and to Teachers in American Schools Yale University March 19, 2014. Dr. Heather Ann Thompson Department of African American Studies Department of History Temple University. By 2008 in CT : 19, 413 locked behind bars in 18 facilities

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Why Mass Incarceration Matters to American History and to Teachers in American SchoolsYale University March 19, 2014

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson

Department of African American Studies

Department of History

Temple University


  • By 2008 in CT:

  • 19, 413 locked behind bars in 18 facilities

  • 1/33 residents under some form of correctional control







LBJ and the Origins of the War on Crime

  • Law Enforcement Assistance Act, 1965

  • President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, 1965

  • District of Columbia Crime Bill, 1967

  • Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, 1968













Post-1865

Post-1965



CORRECTIONAL ENTERPRISES OF CONNECTICUT


Brand new age of prison privatization for profit

Example: Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Wackenhut, etc.





1974:

Richardson v. Ramirez

2006:

48 out of 50 states have a disfranchisement law on the books




Bottom line:

The majority-white residents of 7 state House districts in Connecticut get significantly more representation in the legislature because each of their districts includes more than 1,000 incarcerated people of color from other parts of the state. 



Why Mass Incarceration Matters to American History and to Teachers in American SchoolsYale University March 19, 2014

Dr. Heather Ann Thompson

Department of African American Studies

Department of History

Temple University


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