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Ruth Massingill

Prison City

Life with the Death Penalty in Huntsville, Texas

€ 43.64

Prison City looks beneath the placid surface of Huntsville, Texas, execution capital of the world, and sheds light on controversial issues usually hidden behind penitentiary walls. The authors draw on a multitude of voices from the community surrounding the prison - from inmates and guards to neighboring residents and local politicians - to reflect on questions of crime and punishment, vengeance, and forgiveness. We see how the sophisticated communication techniques employed by inmates, information officers, and community leaders shape opinions in the small towns where prisons are a principal industry. The poignant, evocative stories that run throughout the book highlight the incarcerated population`s increasing influence in the political, cultural, and economic landscape in the United States. Most of all, Prison City offers opportunities to understand why the Texas justice system has become a global metaphor for incarceration and capital punishment.

Taal / Language : English

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Section I: From the Outside Looking In: Cultural Perspectives on Living in a Society Dominated by Capital Punishment 13
Chapter 1: From Pleasantville to Prison City
Chapter 2: Public Perceptions, Private Realities
Section II: Caught in the Middle: The Role of PR in Shaping Social Perspectives of the Criminal Justice System 63
Chapter 3: The Criminal Justice PIO as Liaison between Myth and Reality
Chapter 4: Death Row: Target of the Public`s Macabre Fascination
Section III: Voices and Images from Prison City, Texas 139
Section IV: Voices from Within: Balancing Guaranteed Rights and Protection of the Innocent 169
Chapter 5: Communication Inside the Walls
Chapter 6: Communication Beyond the Walls
Summary 223
Section V: Conclusion: Empathy, Innocence, and Social Priorities 229
References 253
Contributors 257
Index 259
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Paperback / softback
263 pagina's
Januari 2007
382 gram
229 x 155 x 15 mm
Peter Lang us

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