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The Racialization of Crime and Punishment--An Interview With Nancy A. Heitzeg

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The Racialization of Crime and Punishment

--An Interview With Nancy A. Heitzeg

By Angola 3 News

Nancy A. Heitzeg, Ph.D is a Professor of Sociology and Program Co-Director of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This is the second part of our interview with Dr. Heitzeg. Be sure to read part one, Visiting A Modern-Day Slave Plantation, which also featured our video-interview with Robert Hillary King and Dr. Terry Kupers, Slavery In US Prisons.

Angola 3 News: Your article, "The Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex, " was published in 2008 by American Behavioral Scientist. What are the key arguments that you make, along with co-writer Rose M. Brewer?

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Over 40 years ago in Louisiana, 3 young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola. In 1972 and (more...)
 
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