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Crosscurrent Hunt

Read the Crosscurrents in Chapter 12 carefully, noting how they illustrate issues covered in the chapter.

  • “The Honeybun Economy” looks at how inmates use food and other items in prison barter economies.

  • “What’s Wrong with Supermax Prisons?” discusses the controversy surrounding supermax prisons.

  • “The Stanford Prison Experiment” explores the famous 1970s prison experiment.

Find items that exemplify, explain, or even appear to contradict topics from Chapter 12. Write short summaries of these items in the spaces provided. If possible, find one local item and one national item. Suggested topics are listed below.

Prison life Working in the prison
Prison gangs Courts and the prison
Pelican Bay State Prison The Eighth Amendment
Prison violence The Fourteenth Amendment (due process)
Prison riots The Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection)
Attica prison riot Private prisons
New Mexico prison riot  


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