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Boom. 2016; 6252–56 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.52
Published: 01 June 2016
...Brant Choate California’s state superintendent for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Correctional Education explains how the department provides programming and teaches skills to both prisoners and parolees to reduce their reconviction or return-to-prison rate...
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Boom. 2016; 6222–31 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.22
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jonathan Simon California’s newest prison—the first one commissioned since the 1990s—is also the first in decades not to be called a prison. The California Health Care Facility, Stockton (CHCF), opened in 2013 on the site of the former Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility. Designed to hold 1,722...
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Boom. 2016; 628–21 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.8
Published: 01 June 2016
...Josef Jacques This series of photographs illustrates both the scale and the vast strangeness of California’s Prison Industrial Complex. The prisons are photographed at night from a distance so that the lights from the prison illuminate the landscape. The light that controls the prison population...
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Boom. 2016; 62104–110 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.104
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jason S. Sexton Folsom Prison’s Greystone Chapel is perhaps the most famous California prison chapel, thanks to Johnny Cash. Open to all inmates is a great beacon of hope for everyone in a place that is, by all definitions, a massive failure of a social engineering experiment. Yet within the...
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Boom. 2016; 6298–103 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.98
Published: 01 June 2016
...Anthony J. Williams Until December 2015, the University of California maintained $25 million of indirect investments in three major private prison corporations and almost no one knew. The UC is now the first U.S. public university system to sell its shares in private prisons, however it was...
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Boom. 2016; 624–7 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.4
Published: 01 June 2016
...Eve Bachrach; Jason S. Sexton The era of mass incarceration is ending in California. We are sentencing fewer people to prison, prison sentences are getting shorter, and those who are released from prison are increasingly less likely to return for violating conditions of their paroles. Whether you...
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Boom. 2016; 6274–87 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.74
Published: 01 June 2016
...Richard Ross This photo essay and introduction focus on people in California prisons who were sentenced to decades in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The United States is the only country in the world to sentence juveniles to life in prison. A majority of juveniles sentenced to life serve...
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Boom. 2016; 6257–59 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.57
Published: 01 June 2016
...Javier Stauring The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but that horrifying practice is beginning to wane. Over the past five years, state and federal Supreme Courts have ruled that mandatory life sentences...
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Boom. 2016; 6236–41 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.36
Published: 01 June 2016
...Miroslava Chávez-Garcia; Mayela Caro; Marissa Friedman; Sonia Mehrmand 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...
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Boom. 2016; 6242–51 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.42
Published: 01 June 2016
...Paige St. John Since restoring the death penalty in 1978, California has condemned more than 900 individuals, yet executed just 13. The hundreds who remain are housed at San Quentin State Prison in a highly restricted cell block plagued by suicides, drugs, mental illness, neglect and idleness. This...
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Boom. 2016; 6294–97 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.94
Published: 01 June 2016
...Marisa Arrona Between 1981 and 2011, the amount of money California spent on prisons increased by more than 1,500 percent, the state’s investment in crime prevention programs like drug treatment and mental health services was sharply curtailed, and California’s recidivism rate spiked to nearly 70...
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Boom. 2013; 3485–100 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.85
Published: 01 December 2013
... This article presents short interviews with ten professors in the University of California system and the University of Southern California about the future of California. The topics discussed are: the university, politics, the prison system, transportation, nature, Hollywood, wine, family and the...
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Boom. 2011; 1259–74 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.2.59
Published: 01 May 2011
...Kathryn Olmsted In 1935, the state of California convicted eight Communist organizers of criminal syndicalism and sent them to prison. This article argues that the Sacramento conspiracy trial of farm labor organizers shows how California growers and their allies in state and local government used...
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Boom. 2011; 1454–68 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2011.1.4.54
Published: 01 November 2011
... black emancipation, this essay highlights the deep and allied inequities rooted in the rise of immigration control and mass incarceration. © 2011 by the Regents of the University of California 2011 prisoners migration undocumented civil rights immigration control incarceration 54 boomca...
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Boom. 2016; 641–3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.1
Published: 01 December 2016
... California s role in the Pacific world; on California in the world and the world in California; on the problem with San Francisco; on deep hanging out; on religion in California; on California prisons; and many more. Now we wish to open these conversations to the wider world, making all of our previous...
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Boom. 2016; 6452–61 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.52
Published: 01 December 2016
...- cent of American voters being overly dependent on the gov- ernment. That piece drew an awkward apology from Romney and earned Mother Jones the prestigious George Polk Award. Earlier this year, Mother Jones published Shane Bauer s 35,000-word story about working for a private prison in Louisiana. Its...
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Boom. 2016; 6439–51 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.39
Published: 01 December 2016
... gold eye of sun mounting the east the gray anguished arms of avenue i will never leave here Wanda Coleman, Prisoner of Los Angeles2 A handful of years ago, I taught a class about Los Angeles. It was part history, part literature, part writing workshop. My goal was to encourage students to shake free...
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Boom. 2016; 6480–91 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.80
Published: 01 December 2016
... write in his wise reflections in the Berkeley Catholic Worker newspaper, one cent per copy, just as Dorothy Day never changed the price. I think he d say: Feed the hungry; visit the prisons; make friends with the drug dealers and the gangsters; open the doors of the university to the undocumented, to...
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Boom. 2016; 62v–vi doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.2.v
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jason S. Sexton © 2016 by The Regents of the University of California 2016 F R OM T H E E D I T O R S D E S K T O P A good look into California s prison situation tells us a lot about what Californians believe about Californians. Look closely and you may not like what you see. Perhaps this...
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Boom. 2016; 6368–79 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.3.68
Published: 01 September 2016
... at Golden Gate Fields, the racetrack next to the Bulb, until he went to prison for robbing a bank. For a while, Jimbow the Hobow his spelling lived in the section of the Bulb called the Ghetto. The Bulb s poet laureate for decades, he lived all over the peninsula at dif- ferent times. He grew up on a...