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Within the Seventies, whereas politicians and activists outdoors prisons debated the right kind reaction to crime, incarcerated humans assisted in shaping these debates although a wide variety of outstanding political and literary writings.

Lee Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic "prison paintings renaissance," laying off gentle on how incarcerated humans produced robust works of writing, functionality, and visible paintings. those incorporated every little thing from George Jackson's innovative Soledad Brother to Miguel Pinero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood movie Short Eyes. a unprecedented diversity of criminal programs--fine arts, theater, secondary schooling, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners to persuade the Black Arts circulate, the Nuyorican writers, "New Journalism," and political theater, one of the most crucial aesthetic contributions of the last decade.

By the Nineteen Eighties and '90s, prisoners' academic and inventive courses have been scaled again or eradicated because the "war on crime" escalated. yet by means of then those prisoners' phrases had crossed over the wall, aiding many american citizens to reconsider the which means of the partitions themselves and, finally, the that means of the society that produced them.

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That is, law-and-order politics shaped a cultural epistemology of crime control. Nixon, Wilson, and Muir engaged in what Christopher P. ”63 The policy changes had already been made by Nixon’s predecessor. James Q. Wilson’s political career during the 1960s is exemplary of the continuities between liberalism and conservative criminal justice institutions. Wilson’s influence can be seen as early as 1966, when he served as an adviser to the Police and Science and Technology Task Forces of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice.

47 Others saw the creativity and political transformation of incarcerated people as an exciting harbinger for large-scale social transformation. I nt r o d u c tio n 17 This page intentionally left blank Chapter one We Shall Have Order The Cultural Politics of Law and Order During the 1968 presidential campaign, Richard Nixon made Lyndon Johnson’s attorney general, Ramsey Clark, a target of his “law-andorder” campaign strategy. ”1 Once in the White House, Richard Nixon made the law-and-order rhetoric of his campaign a cornerstone of his first term, naming his campaign manager, John Mitchell, to the post formerly held by Clark.

Or did the government use criminal justice to control the “dangerous classes” and maintain racial inequality? In order to shape the answers to these questions, the Nixon campaign and the administration’s policymakers entered the cultural realm, substituting postwar liberalism’s narrative of “social improvement” with one of law enforcement. Over time, this shift would become a neoconservative reframing of crime control. However, the cultural politics of crime control in the late 1960s and early 1970s reveals a more complicated story of continuity and reversal.

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