Everything's Tougher in Texas
Monday, November 22, 2010
As Michele Deitch, an expert on criminal justice issues, points out in her post for this Know series on the modern American prison system, the state of Texas tripled the size of its prison population in one decade and is home to the second largest prison system in the nation.
On Nov. 22, eight university units and three outside organizations will sponsor a book talk with Robert Perkinson, author of "Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire" (2008), at the university's School of Law. "Texas Tough" is a history of imprisonment, race and politics from slavery to the present. Perkinson is a professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and was awarded the Soros Justice Fellowship in 2006.
The following posts represent different perspectives on the modern prison system and how it ties into history, race and contemporary policy in Texas.