Princeton University Library Catalog

23/7 : Pelican Bay Prison and the rise of long-term solitary confinement / Keramet Reiter.

Author:
Reiter, Keramet [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
  • ©2016
Description:
x, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary note:
"Originally meant to be brief and exceptional, solitary confinement in U.S. prisons has become long-term and common. Prisoners spend twenty-three hours a day in featureless cells, with no visitors or human contact for years on end, and they are held entirely at administrators' discretion. Keramet Reiter tells the history of one “supermax,” California's Pelican Bay State Prison, whose extreme conditions recently sparked a statewide hunger strike by 30,000 prisoners. This book describes how Pelican Bay was created without legislative oversight, in fearful response to 1970s radicals; how easily prisoners slip into solitary; and the mental havoc and social costs of years and decades in isolation. The product of fifteen years of research in and about prisons, this book provides essential background to a subject now drawing national attention,"--Baker & Taylor.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-286) and index.
Contents:
Introduction: When prison is not enough -- A supermax life -- The most dangerous prisoner -- The most dangerous policies -- Constructing the supermax, one rule at a time -- Skeleton bay -- Snitching or dying -- "You can't even imagine there's people" -- Another way out -- Afterword.
Subject(s):
Other title(s):
  • Twenty three seven
  • Pelican Bay Prison and the rise of long-term solitary confinement
ISBN:
  • 0300211465
  • 9780300211467
LCCN:
2016939153
OCLC:
945719055
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