Week 1

The Development of the Prison industrial complex

Key Questions

  • What is the prison industrial complex? What does it encompass beyond simply prisons and police?

  • How has the prison industrial complex historically developed? How has its development been entangled with racial capitalism?

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Using your knowledge of the prison industrial complex, fill in the diagram of the prison industrial complex below. How far does it extend into our lives? Is it just prisons, jails, and police? Think about how carcerality transcends the traditional institutions that we typically consider constitutive of carcerality.