Feb 06 2011

Have you seen this? on prison

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Research on small rural prison towns:

The Real Cost of Prisons Project: New Reasearch and Papers

An American Seduction: Portrait of a Prison Town By Joelle Fraser

This paper is under review at the Journal of the Community Development Society.  Please do not copy or reproduce any portion of it without the permission of the authors: Terry L. Besser*and Margaret M. Hanson The Development of Last Resort: The Impact of New State Prisons on Small Town Economies

Building a Prison Economy in Rural America By Tracy Huling. From Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment, Marc Mauer and Meda Chesney-Lind, Editors. The New Press. 2002.

The Role of Prisons In Rural Development: Do They Contribute to Local Economies? Deborah M. Tootle, Ph.D., April 2004

Don’t Build It Here Revisited (or “There is no Economic Salvation Through Incarceration”) – Prisons Do Not Create Jobs By Clayton Mosher and Gregory Hooks. Published in Prison Legal News, January 2010.

Impacts of Jail Expansion in New York State: A Hidden Burden
By Dana Kaplan, Center for Constitutional Rights. May 2007. An excellent, comprehensive report on what is driving the building of jails in NYS includes important race-based analysis and recommendations to alternatives to jail building includes findings that that:

  • Between 1999 and 2006, the New York state prison population had dropped from 71,000 to 62,928 people, a decrease of 8 percent in less than a decade. Despite the decrease in the prison population, the combined capacity of jails in upstate and suburban New York increased by 20.
  • Jail construction has cost counties an estimated $1 billion, raising local property taxes in some instances as much as 40 percent and diverting money away from social services.
  • The growth in the number of people incarcerated in jails has not been caused by an increase in crime or by an increase in population-rather, it has been caused by the expansion mandates issued by the SCOC and new arrest and detention policies, including arrest policies for low-level offenses and misdemeanors; a rising number of mentally ill people in jail; system inefficiencies; and the use of local jails to hold those detained by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Economic Impact of Prisons in Rural Areas A Review of the Issues by Dexter Whitfield

Big Prisons, Small Towns: Prison Economics in Rural America by Ryan S. King, Marc Mauer and Tracy HulingFebruary 2003

Washington State University Finds Prisons offer Few Econimic Benefits to Small Towns



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