The Political Economy of Policing
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.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore is director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and a professor of geography at the City University of New York. She is the author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. The American Sociological Association honored her with its Angela Davis Award. She is the recipient of the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.