Serving Time With the Government: Federal Penitentiaries

Desmond King

in Separate and Unequal

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292494
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599682 | DOI:
 Serving Time With the Government: Federal Penitentiaries

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King analyses segregation in federal prisons—institutions that he argues reproduced segregationist pressures ever since the 1930 establishment of the Bureau of Prisons through the 1960s, even in those penitentiaries located in parts of the country outside the South. After discussing the origins of federal penitentiaries, King presents a statistical profile and racial composition of inmates in federal prisons before the legal ‘separate but equal’ doctrine. He then considers how the segregated system operated in federal prisons and how attempts at integration were carried out.

Keywords: Black Americans; Bureau of Prisons; integration; penitentiaries; prisons; segregation; separate but equal

Chapter.  12185 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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