Friday, April 13, 2007

Huntsville, Texas: Prison City

A new book called Prison City focuses on "Conversations about living in the execution capital of the world," reported the Sam Houston State student newspaper. It's being marketed as an academic book with a potential crossover market, but with a $90 price tag I'm not sure how much crossover there will be. According to the description on
Prison City looks beneath the placid surface of Huntsville, Texas, execution capital of the world, and sheds light on controversial issues usually hidden behind penitentiary walls. The authors draw on a multitude of voices from the community surrounding the prison—from inmates and guards to neighboring residents and local politicians—to reflect on questions of crime and punishment, vengeance, and forgiveness. We see how the sophisticated communication techniques employed by inmates, information officers, and community leaders shape opinions in the small towns where prisons are a principal industry. The poignant, evocative stories that run throughout the book highlight the incarcerated population’s increasing influence in the political, cultural, and economic landscape in the United States. Most of all, Prison City offers opportunities to understand why the Texas justice system has become a global metaphor for incarceration and capital punishment.


Anonymous said...

Yo, grits, I know you are "unemployed" at the moment, if you want a copy, let me know your mailing addy and it's on the way.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

That'd be great, thank you! Shoot me an email at and I'll give you a mailing address.