The Colonialism of Incarceration

This essay considers the relationship between indigenous people and the carceral state primarily in Canada, with references to populations in the United States as well. It concludes that the incarcerated experience of indigenous people is similar to that of other racialized populations but derives from the forces of violence and control that doubly subject these people to the penal state.

From NYC Stands with Standing Rock:

This essay attends to the specificity of indigenous peoples' political critique of state power and territorialized sovereignty in the North American context as an indispensable resource for realizing the decolonizing potential latent within the field of critical prison studies. 

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