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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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Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

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


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

  • By 2008 in CT:

  • 19, 413 locked behind bars in 18 facilities

  • 1/33 residents under some form of correctional control


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

So?


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

Mass Incarceration Matters


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The fate of our cities


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

The “Criminalization of Urban Space”


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

Why now?


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

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


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What is old, is new


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

A Revolution in Drug Legislation


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Lock up longer


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Criminalizing Schools


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The Fallout….


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“Million Dollar Blocks”


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Orphaning Children


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Joblessness and Poverty


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Welfare?


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

The Long Reach of the Carceral State


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

Rethinking the Fate of our Economy


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Post-1865

Post-1965


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Prison Labor


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

CORRECTIONAL ENTERPRISES OF CONNECTICUT


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

Brand new age of prison privatization for profit

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


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Urban and Labor Crisis


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So, why haven’t we changed this?


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

Distorting Democracy


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1974:

Richardson v. Ramirez

2006:

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


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

The U.S. Census….


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

The U.S. Census….and Connecticut


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

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. 


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

So what about everyone else?


Dr heather ann thompson department of african american studies department of history

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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