Friday, September 19, 2008

Prison Overcrowding at San Quentin

NPR has a disturbing report about the increasing overcrowding problem at San Quentin prison.

What you see to your left is a photo from the article accompanying the podcast, showing how prison authorities have had to convert the prison gym into a big cell with hundreds of beds. Beyond the obvious physical restriction of space, the podcast problematizes the impact of trying to accommodate various populations - some of them hostile to each other due to gang and ethnicity feuds - in a space previously used as a gym.

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