The essays examines the resemblance of California’s Silverado High School to a modern prison. From its of surveillance cameras, drug-sniffing dogs, security guards, and harsh disciplinary policies to its sleek modern design of high, nearly windowless metal walls and enclosed imposing buildings, Silverado High School speaks to the ‘‘new’’ normal in the schooling and policing of poor, young people of color in the Golden State.
States of Incarceration
Miroslava Chávez-garcía is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the History department. In 2012, she published the book States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California's Early Juvenile Justice System, which uses California to examine racism in relation to the treatment of young, incarcerated people of color.
Mayela Caro is a Ph.D. student in the history department at the University of California, Riverside. Her research is in twentieth-century US history, as well as public history, with an emphasis on the representations of gender and ethnicities in film, media, popular culture, and print culture.
Sonia Mehrmand recently graduated with an M.A. in public history from the University of California, Riverside. Her thesis is titled, “What’s in an Empty Lot? Teaching the Sites of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising with the Common Core State Standards.” She has a special interest in museum education and school partnership, having coordinated primary source training at teacher workshops at the Huntington Library.
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Miroslava Chávez-Garcia, Mayela Caro, Marissa Friedman, Sonia Mehrmand; States of Incarceration. Boom 1 June 2016; 6 (2): 36–41. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.36
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