The Prison-Industrial Complex in Indigenous California

Stormy Ogden

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
The Prison-Industrial Complex in Indigenous California

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Angela Davis argues that the prison-industrial complex (PIC) is about racism, social control, and profit. This chapter shows that the PIC was built right on the ancestral lands and the very lives of the indigenous people of the American continent. It talks from the position of a California Indian woman, a tribal woman, recognized as a member of the Tule River Yokuts tribe, also Kashaya Pomo. The author also speaks as an ex-prisoner of the state of California housed at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. She believes her incarceration was a result of her being a poor woman, a woman of color, or an American Indian woman. The author talks in this chapter of how she tried to find out how many American Indians were in prison, especially numbers of women. But she found it almost impossible to obtain an accurate count. For her, the American criminal justice system in Indian country is complex and highly difficult to understand, let alone explain.

Keywords: American Indians; prison-industrial complex; criminal justice system; incarceration; racism; social control; profit; Kashaya Pomo; California Rehabilitation Center

Chapter.  2369 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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