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Episode 1114

Class and mass incarceration

Jan 15

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Adaner Usmani

Class incarceration: A new understanding of prison and the American population.

Sociologist Adaner Usmani advances a new explanation for mass incarceration in America - not as an elite-driven tool of racialized social control, but as a wide-scale punitive response to the growing crime and violence of an unequal society with no social democratic push for redistributive policies.

Adaner wrote the article The Economic Origins of Mass Incarceration with John Clegg for Catalyst.