Criminal Justice System

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Addiction and Control
Skorodin, Morton
Article
2009
Prisons are very profitable. There are private prisons nowadays. The people that own them have, as their mission, first and foremost, the making of money. They need as many people as possible in priso...
Alternatives
Article
1977
A poster, brochure, and information on jail chaplaincies and the corrections system.
American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination
Williams, Kristian
Book
2006
A damning audit of the US record in underwriting human rights violations around the globe and at home, and about the centrality of rape, racism, and conquest to both the state and US national culture.
Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
Guthrie, Woody
Audio
1946
An album of songs written and recorded by Woody Guthrie about the notorious case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and anarchists in the 1920s who were charged and eventually executed afte...
The Capital Punishment Debate
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
The death penalty make us all complicit in killing, and degrades us as a society.
Converse
Article
1976
The role of church people in the correctional system.
Convict Labor in America: Book review
Ortiz, Paul
Article
1998
Convict labour, like antebellum slavery, was an American way of life, a cultural practice that tied northern capitalists, plantation owners, university-trained social reformers, federal officials and ...
Convicts, Collateral Damage, and the "War on Drugs": The Real Crime is the War Itself
Nevins, Joseph
Article
2012
Two recent court cases in southern California provide insight into the identity of those smuggle drugs across the international boundary between the two countries. But more importantly what they do is...
Crime and Criminals: Address to the Prisoners in the Chicago Jail
Darrow, Clarence
Article
1902
So long as big criminals can get the coal fields, so long as the big criminals have control of the city council and get the public streets for street cars and gas rights, this is bound to send thousan...
Crime and Punishment in America: Why the Solutions to America's Most Stubborn Social Crisis Have Not Worked... and What Will
Currie, Elliott
Book
1998
Currie explores why being 'tough on crime' will only serve to exacerbate the problem.
Criminal Justiice
Bishop, Elaine
Book
1978
Deaths in Custody and Detention: Volume 33, No. 4 (2006) of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A special issue on the investigation of, and inquiry into, deaths in custody and detention (including state hospitals and mental health, police and prison custody, and young offenders' institutions). ...
Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits: Six-part article
Fitts, Catherine Austin
Article
2006
Inside the Financial World, Government Agencies and their Private Contractors Lies a Hidden System of Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and Rigged Stock Market Riches.
Execution Day in Zhengzhou
Hongda , Wu; Creger, John
Article
1991
A first-hand account of an execution day in China.
Eye for an Eye
Griswold, Jack; Misenheimer, Mike; Powers, Art; Tromanhauser, Ed
Book
1970
Four inmates talk about the American penal system over 50 years of rehabilitation and the corruption inherent of the prison system.
Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime
Rodriguez, Dylan
Book
2005
The dramatic rise and consolidation of America's prison system has devastated lives and communities, but it has also transformed prisons into sites of political discourse and resistance, as they have ...
The foreign victims of criminal injustice
Tatchell, Peter
Article
How non-UK offenders are often denied truth, fairness and justice.
The Fortress Economy: The Economic Role of the U. S. Prison System
Lichtenstein, Alexander C.; Kroll, Michael A.
Book
1990
The economic role of the US Prison System examined.
History is a Weapon: Lockdown America in 22 Minutes
Parenti, Christian
Audio
2001
A talk by Christian Parenti, author of Lockdown America: Police And Prisons in the Age of Crisis, about the thirty year explosion in prisons in the United States, at the Stop The ACA(American Correcti...
Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion
James, Joy (ed.)
Book
2003
Anthology of writings by imprisoned intellectuals.
In Conflict with the Law: Women and the Canadian Justice System
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1994
Critique of women and the Canadian justice system. Written from a feminist perspective, the collection is organized into three thematic sextions: Federal Imprisonment of Women -- Past, Present and Fut...
In Russian and French Prisons
Kropotkin, Peter
Book
1906
Kropotkin's criticism of the penal system, and an inside look into the horrors and realities of what life in prison entails.
Intractable: Hell Has a Name: Life Inside Australia's First Super-Max Prison
Matthews, Bernie
Book
2006
A firsthand account spanning two generations of high-security confinement in the 1970s NSW Australian prison system.
Jails for Jesus
Shapiro, Samantha M.
Article
2003
President Bush wants faith-based programs to take over social services. But what happens when evangelical Christians try their hand at running prisons?
Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons
Jackson, Michael
Book
2003
An account of the state of justice in Canadian prisons, weaving together the threads of correctional history, penal philosophy, landmark court decisions, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and legisl...
Live From Death Row
Abu-Jamal, Mumia
Book
1995
A collection of prison writing by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of a police officer after a dubious trial.
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
Parenti, Christian
Book
1999
Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of...
Maze of Injustice: The failutre to protect indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA
Article
2007
More than one in three Native American or Alaska Native women will be raped at some point in their lives. Most do not seek justice because they know they will be met with inaction or indifference. Ind...
A More Just and Humane Criminal Justice System
Article
1976
Outline of the council's objectives, goals, history, and programme developments.
The Movement Comes to Jena: Against The Current vol. 131
Dubinsky, Joanna
Article
2007
The humid air felt electric as the sun ascended over the hundreds of buses idling a 20-mile stretch of Louisiana Route 49, the gateway to the rural hometown of the Jena 6. It was 6 AM, September 20, 2...
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Alexander, Michelle
Book
2010
Argues that Jim Crow and legal racial segregation have been replaced by mass race-based incarceration as a system of social control.
No Longer Barred From Prison
Culhane, Claire
Book
1991
An account of one individual's determined efforts to get inside prisons to see what is actually happening there. As her story makes clear, the penal system cannot tolerate such close scrutiny: she her...
Obama's Liberty Problem: Why Indefinite Detention By Executive Order Should Scare the Hell Out of People
Quigley, Bill; Warren, Vince
Article
2010
The proposal to create a special new legal system by Executive Order will threaten the liberty of every single US citizen who is not in Guantanamo because it will damage the due process guarantees wh...
Prison Abolition & Alternatives: Nine Perspectives for Prison Abolitionists
Article
A argument for the abolition of prisons and a discussion of alternatives.
The Prison-Industrial Complex
Schlosser, Eric
Article
1998
Correctional officials see danger in prison overcrowding. Others see opportunity. The nearly two million Americans behind bars "the majority of them nonviolent offenders" mean jobs for depressed regio...
Prison Labor: Workin' For The Man: Article in Covert Action Quarterly #54, Fall 1995
Erlich, Reese
Article
1995
Article analysing the roots of prison labour in America.
Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor
Herivel, Tara; Wright, Paul
Book
2002
Essays on the cruelty and inhumanity of the American prison system.
Prisoners' Rights Group
Culhane, Claire
Article
1978
Prisons in Canada
Gosselin, Luc
Book
1996
Gosselin provides a political and historical view of the prison system and its inherent contradictions. He argues that the penal system is used by the State to maintain its authority. He remarks on co...
Quaker Prison Committee: A series of reflections by Ruth Morris, director of Canadian Friends Service Committee
Morris, Ruth
Article
1977
A look at two case histories vis. the bail system and pre-trial treatment of those charged.
Race and Class: What the Jena 6 Case Shows: Against The Current vol. 131
Miah, Malik
Article
2007
Some 50,000 people converged on the small Louisiana town of Jena on September 20. The protest shook up not only the two-stoplight town but sent a loud siren across the country. The 85% white populatio...
Race, Incarceration, and American Values
Loury, Glenn C., with Pamela Karlan, Tommie Shelby and Loïc Wacquant
Book
2008
Glenn Loury argues that the extraordinary mass incarceration rate in the USA is not a response to rising crime rates. Instead, it is the product of a decision to become a more punitive society. He con...
Rampant Racism in the Criminal Justice System
Quigley, Bill
Article
2010
The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people.
The Real War on Crime: The Report of the National Criminal Justice Commission
Donziger, Steven R.
Book
1996
A thorough examination of the American criminal justice system.
The Rise and Fall of California's Radical Prison Movement
Cummins, Eric
Book
1994
A history of California's prison movement from 1950 to 1980, highlighting the role prison reading and writing played in the creation of radical inmate ideology.
The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror
Parenti, Christian; Rossetti, Chip (eds.)
Book
2004
Parenti explores the history of American surveillance from colonial times to the present. What this historical evidence clearly reveals is a continuum of the culture of surveillance. The weakest, most...
Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire
Perkinson, Robert
Book
2010
A history of imprisonment, race, and politics from slavery to the present, with an emphasis on Texas, the most locked-down state in the USA.
Too Few To Count: Canadian Women in Conflict with the Law
Adelberg, Ellen; Currie, Claudia
Book
1987
Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
Article
2013
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The article...
Trial of Leonard Peletier
Jim Messerschmidt
Book
1990
An examination of Peletier's role in the American Indian Movement, his struggle to protect the rights and land of his people and the history and role of the FBI. Messerschmidt traces the evolution of ...
Twice Removed: Double Punishment and Racial Profiling in Canada
Film/Video
2013
Immigrants who commit criminal offences are punished twice: once when they're sentenced for their crime, and again when they are permanently removed from Canada, even if they had lived here since chil...
Two Systems of Justice: One for the Corporate Class; One for the Rest of Us
Mokhiber, Russell
Article
2011
We have two systems of justice. One for the corporate class. And one for the rest of us.
Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement and Resistance
Faith, Karlene
Book
1994
Investigates the ways in which women who transgress the social order are disciplined, punished, silenced and confined. Covers material from the witch hunts to contemporary discriminatory treatment of ...
The Violence of Incarceration
Scraton, Phil; McCulloch, Mude (eds.)
Book
2008
Argues that the revelations of extreme brutality perpetrated by allied soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo represent the inevitable end-product of domestic incarceration predicated on the us...

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Accord
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
Publication for victim offender ministries.
Bulletin of the Quaker Jails and Justice Committee
Vol. 1 No. 5
Bishop, Elaine; Harkins, Kathy (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
Irregularly published newsletter outlining some of the current concerns and activities of the Quaker Committee.
The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons
Periodical profile published 1989
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of British Columbia
Organization profile published 1977
Organization
1977
The Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of British Columbia was formed in 1973 in response to the fact that whereas Indians represented 5 per cent of the general population, they represent...
Old City Hall Bail Project
Organization profile published 1980
Organization
1980
Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
QUAKER COMMITTEE ON JAILS AND JUSTICE (AQCJJ) holds, as its long-term goal, the abolition of prisons; that is the building of supportive community which has no need of prisons.
Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
A Quaker Committee on Jails and Justice Newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A newsletter that argues against capital punishment.