The Mind's Eye show

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Jonathan Simon / American Prison System

10/14/2014


The Mind's Eye show sits down with Jonathan Simon, Prof. of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, about his book "Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America."

For nearly forty years the U.S. has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. The prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading—relying on racist gangs, lockdowns, and Supermax-style segregation units to maintain a tenuous order. Mass Incarceration on Trial examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditions—culminating in Brown v. Plata, decided in May 2011 by the U.S. Supreme Court—that has opened an unexpected escape route from this trap of “tough on crime” politics. This set of rulings points toward values that could restore legitimate order to American prisons and, ultimately, lead to the demise of mass incarceration.

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