Angela Davis – Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex (2000)

1990-2010, Authority, Black, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Institutions, Privatization, Subjectives of Refusal, White Supremacy

In this document, Angela Davis analyzes the Prison Industrial Complex, specifically the privatization of and profits from prisons, the ways that it is portrayed to citizens, and how it reinforces racism in the United States.

“Therefore, as the emphasis of government policy shifts from social welfare to crime control, racism sinks more deeply into the economic and ideological structures of U.S. society.”

A Critical Phenomonology of Solitary Confinement by Lisa Guenther (2013)

2011-Present, Authority, Date, Defining the Enemy, History/Theory, Theory

In this introduction to her book Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives, Guenther defines soiltary confinement as a kind of social death, looking at the experience of prisoners in the early nineteenth centural to today;’s supermax prisons.