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Texas tough : the rise of America's prison empire

Author: Robert Perkinson
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. This sweeping history of American imprisonment shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric becomes the national template--and how that injustice can change.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Perkinson
ISBN: 9780805080698 0805080694 9780312680473 0312680473
OCLC Number: 317928797
Description: 484 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prison heartland --
Plantation and penitentiary --
"Worse than slavery" --
The agonies of reform --
The penal colony that wasn't --
"Best in the nation" --
Appeal to justice --
Retributive revolution --
The triumph of Texas tough.
Responsibility: Robert Perkinson.
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In the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. This sweeping history of American imprisonment shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric becomes the national template--and how that injustice can change.

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