The Big House in a Small Town: Prisons, Communities, and Economics in Rural America

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This work is an in-depth, on-the-ground examination of how prisons impact rural communities, including a revealing study of two rural communities that have chosen prisons as an economic development strategy.


· Provides compelling data from over 200 formal and informal interviews of local politicians, residents, and prison officials, including the former directors of Texas's prison system

· Utilizes a combination of two qualitative methods to conduct the research

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The prison boom of the 1980s and 1990s, combined with the recent economic decline, has led to an interesting phenomenon: where towns once fought against becoming the home of a prison, they now fight to land one—even maximum security prisons. Some towns have put together lobbying packages—such as land, utility upgrades, and even cash—to convince corrections departments to build prisons on their land.

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Eric J. Williams is assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

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