Prison Activism Panel with Pagelen, Temporary Services, Ruthie Gilmore, Ashley Hunt – Nyc- This Friday @ New School

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Date/Time: 07/04/2006 12:00 am

The Prison Industrial Complex: Rehabilitating the System
Fri., April 7, 2006, 6:30 p.m. $10, free for students with valid ID.
Location: Theresa Lang Student and Community Center, 55 West 13th
Street, 2nd floor.
“One of the primary goals in the punishment of crime has been the hope
for reform. Today, however, the role of the prison as a place for
rehabilitation, growth, and personal advancement appears obsolete.
Since the privatization of the United States prison system in the
1980s, the system has become a vast $40 billion-a-year industry, the
most elaborate in the world. At a time when the United States has
achieved the highest rate of imprisonment per capita in the history of
the world–in which, for instance, one in four African American men
are under correctional supervision–the U.S. public is slowly
awakening to an unprecedented crisis of mass incarceration.
Investigating notions of punishment and imprisonment, repentance and
acquittal, this discussion addresses many of the issues surrounding
the prison industrial complex, focusing on privatization and
Participants include Ashley Hunt, artist and activist; Ruth Wilson
Gilmore, scholar, University of Southern California; and Trevor
Paglen, artist, writer, and experimental geographer. Sponsored by the
Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
http://www.vlc.newschool.edu/ for more information.

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