Astoria Events Calendar

Loading Events

Lauren-Brooke Eisen on Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration


Join us May 28th at 7 p.m. for a discussion of Lauren-Brooke Eisen’s book, Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

From divestment campaigns to boardrooms to private immigration-detention centers across the Southwest, Eisen examines private prisons through the eyes of inmates, their families, correctional staff, policymakers, activists, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, undocumented immigrants, and the executives of America’s largest private prison corporations. Private prisons have become ground zero in the anti-mass-incarceration movement. Universities have divested from these companies, political candidates hesitate to accept their campaign donations, and the Department of Justice tried to phase out its contracts with them. On the other side, impoverished rural towns often try to lure the for-profit prison industry to build facilities and create new jobs. Neither an endorsement or a demonization, Inside Private Prisons details the complicated and perverse incentives rooted in the industry, from mandatory bed occupancy to vested interests in mass incarceration. If private prisons are here to stay, how can we fix them? This book is a blueprint for policymakers to reform practices and for concerned citizens to understand our changing carceral landscape.

Details

Date:
May 28
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://astoriabookshop.com//?q=h.calevent&eid=6179

Organizer

Katie Mayfield
Phone:
7182782665
Email:
Website:
www.astoriabookshop.com

Venue

The Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st Street
Astoria
+ Google Map
Phone:
7182782665
Website:
www.astoriabookshop.com