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Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire

Format: 
Paperback
Size: 
512 pages
ISBN: 
978-0312680473
Publisher: 
Year: 
2010
Price: $8.00 (USD)
List price: $13.00 (USD)

In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. A pioneer in criminal justice severity―from assembly-line executions to supermax isolation, from mandatory sentencing to prison privatization―Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated country in the world. Texas Tough, a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, explains how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation.

Drawing on the individual stories as well as authoritative research, Texas Tough reveals the true origins of America's prison juggernaut and points toward a more just and humane future.

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