Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies is a database curated by an international board of advisors and part of the Global Issues Library. Organized around a selection of key historical and contemporary events and mixing a case and thematic approach, this resource will look at the history of incarceration in the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and others. The main themes and events related to mass incarceration and the history of prisons are easily explored by providing multiple perspectives and points of entries: court cases; prison experience: first-hand accounts; law and government documents; rehabilitation; training materials; policing and law; prison and identity and theory.
According to the ACLU, “despite making up close to 5% of the global population, the U.S. has nearly 25% of the world’s prison population. Since 1970, our incarcerated population has increased by 700% – 2.3 million people are in jail and prison today”.
What is the history of prison and punishment in the United States and globally? How does the United States compare to other nations? What are the major events reflecting mass incarceration and prison policies?
Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies is a curated database seeking to provide resources to answer these questions. The database is organized around a selection of key historical and contemporary events and themes related to Global Incarceration and Prison Studies, bringing together 100,000 pages of text (archival materials and selected primary sources, reference materials, reports, and monographs), 150 hours of video (including documentaries and news footage), 1,000 links to websites, and 500 images.
As part of Global Issues Library, this research, teaching, and vocational database will look at the main themes and events related to mass incarceration and the history of prisons by providing multiple perspectives and points of entries: Court cases, Prison Experience: first -hand accounts; law and government documents; Rehabilitation; Training materials; Policing and Law; Prison and Identity; Theory.
Mixing a case and thematic approach, this resource will look at the carceral situation in the United States but also in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Canada and others.
Hannah Elsisi, Lecturer in Modern Middle East History, King’s College London
Julie Murphy Erfani, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
Catherine Filloux, Playwright, Social Justice
Amy S. Green, Chairperson & Associate Professor, John Jay U. School of Criminal Justice
Anna Gunderson, Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University
Vivian D. Nixon, Executive Director, College & Community Fellowship
James Oleson, Associate Professor, University of Auckland
Andrew Taylor, Research Scientist, Research Analyst at Vera Institute of Justice