Prisons in the Americas in the twenty first century : a human dumping ground

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  • "This volume on penitentiary systems in the Americas offers a long-overdue look at the prisons that exist at the forefront of the ongoing struggle against drugs and violence throughout North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. From Haiti to Bolivia, the authors examine the conditions in these systems, and allow several common themes to emerge, including the alarming prevalence of lengthy pre-trial detention and the often abysmal living conditions in these institutions. Taken together, this comprises the first comparative overview of the use and abuse of prisons in the Americas."--Publisher's description.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • General trends of prisons in the Americas / Astrid Arrará́s and Emily D. Bello-Pardo -- Broken systems: prisons and prison gangs in California and the United States / Susan A. Phillips and Jonathan D. Rosen -- The penitentiary system in Mexico: an institution permeated by corruption and controlled by organized crime / Roberto Zepeda Martínez -- Drugs, crime and prisons in Guatemala / Tamara Rice Lave -- Haiti: prisons, organized crime, and drug trafficking / Christa L. Remington and Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor -- Retribution vs. reintegration: the Trinidad and Tobago reality / Dianne Williams and Randy Seepersad -- Organized chaos: Venezuela's prison crisis / Brian Fonseca and Pamela Pamelá -- Drugs and prisons: the slippery road to the criminalization of drugs in Ecuador / Adrián Bonilla and Nashira Chávez -- A special kind of hell: the Bolivian penal system / Marten W. Brienen -- Drugs and the prison crisis in Peru / Lucía Dammert and Manuel Dammert G. -- Beyond overcrowding: the decline of the Brazilian penitentiary system / Marcelo Rocha e Silva Zorovich -- The drug-crime-prison nexus: what the U.S. experience suggests for Argentina / Khatchik DerGhougassian and Sebastián A. Cutrona -- Prison reform: an international solution / W. Andy Knight