Against the Grain

The Carceral State

Are there any drawbacks to the focus on mass imprisonment and racist cops? According to Tony Platt, the carceral system extends far beyond prisons and police departments. Platt describes the many components and attributes of the carceral state; he also puts current dilemmas and debates about criminality and punishment in the U.S. into historical context.

Tony Platt, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States St. Martin’s Press, 2019


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