Prison Industrial Complex

3 Prison Industrial Complex articles categorized as: Guard-Prisoner Relations

Why Does Popular Culture Treat Prison Rape As a Joke?
by Anna Clark


There’s no soap-dropping counterpart "joke" referring to the abuse of female inmates. Ultimately, these distorted punch-line/silence memes enforce each other and perpetuate the reality of prison rape.

The Vermont Women’s Prison Project
by Judy Harden and Mary Field Belenky


Based on extensive interviews with both staff and incarcerated women in one Vermont prison, this article examines the supportive relationships women form with one another and with “good” guards. The authors discuss the women’s and guards’ stories about positive changes within women’s behavior and outlook during their incarceration, emphasizing the importance of new-found relationships and trust in supporting such changes.

Prison Life: A Day
by Marilyn Buck


Marilyn Buck illustrates a prisoner’s determined efforts to reaffirm her own humanity in the face of constant indignities by describing one day of her own life in prison. Buck is a political prisoner serving eighty years in prison. She has been an active supporter of the Black Liberation movement and other struggles for self-determination.