- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Northeastern (October 19, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555534686
- ISBN-13: 978-1555534684
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,306,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With Liberty For Some: 500 Years of Imprisonment in America
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About the Author
Scott Christianson is Director of the New York Death Penalty Documentation Project, contributing editor of the Criminal Law Bulletin, and Chairman of the Board of the Safer Society Foundation. A former investigative reporter and state criminal justice official, he is the author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House. He lives near Albany, New York.
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This beautiful book with such a misleading title appears to be a book about prisons! Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is a book about the formation of the labor, force in the USA. Starting at colonial times with colonies exposed as for profit business enterprises which acquired labor in the form of children kidnapped from the streets of European Cities and sold on the Eastern Sea Shore by their owner; the captain of the ship that brought them there. The slaver y was for the lifetime of the slave, so the offspring were free. Free but penniless and beholden to the employer for the job. The fear and worship of the business honor was ground into their bones using the whip, increasing work quota, and prison. Great scholarship, self-effacing style, but very accessible book. I claim that you will understand (several things, e.g. why most people feel they are entitled to nothing!) .a lot better after you read this book.
From colonial times to the present, horrors have been committd in the name of justice. What is so disturbing is that today, 500 years later, many of the exact same abuses continue. Women are raped. Men are beaten, and almost no one is rehabilitated.
Why is it that prisons are the only industry where one can fail over and over, and the only consequence is that we build more and more of the exact same thing?