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The Political Economy of Policing

Program #GILR001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on March 14, 1998.

At nearly two million Americans behind bars and counting, the United States leads the world in imprisoning its own population. Along with record levels of incarceration, there has been a boom in prison construction. An extensive prison-industrial complex is now an integral part of the economy. Private companies use prison labor to enhance their profits. This panel features three of the leading scholar/activists on crime, punishment and political economy. Ruthie Gilmore teaches at Rutgers University. David Goldberg is Director of the School of Social Justice Studies at Arizona State University. Margo Okazawa-Rey is a professor at San Francisco State.


Ruthie Gilmore

Ruthie Gilmore is a professor of geography and Director of the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the founding collective of Critical Resistance, a national anti-prison organization. She is the author of Golden Gulag.

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