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Introduction: The Causes and Consequences of the Prison Boom

John M. Eason

in Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226410203
eISBN:
9780226410487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter introduces the concept of the prison town—a nonmetropolitan municipality that has secured and constructed a prison for a federal, state, or private operator—as a strategic site to ... More


Finding Beauty in the Hideous: Prison Placement as Reputation Management

John M. Eason

in Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226410203
eISBN:
9780226410487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

I show how local decision makers construct narratives of how the FCFCF will improve the town’s reputation. In order to build support for placement, the prison, an otherwise stigmatized institution, ... More


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