Part I: Please write a short explanation of how 3 of the following contribute to the exponential growth of prisons in the United States. Be sure to cite at least one text per answer. Each answer is worth 5 points for a total of 15 points.


1.     Military Industrial Complex

2.     crisis

3.     surplus

4.     Prison Industrial Complex

5.     the 13th Amendment

6.     “crime”

7.     the war on drugs

8.     racism

9.     female “deviance”



Part II: Please write a 2-3 page response to one of the following prompts. Be sure to properly cite at least two class readings in your answer. Your answer is worth 15 points.


1.     Ruth Wilson Gilmore argues that prisons are a “geographical solution to socioeconomic problems” (174). What does she mean by this? Include citations from both Gilmore and Davis in your answer.


2.     Angela Davis argues that prisons should be abolished. Why? Do you find her argument convincing? Why or why not? Include citations from both Davis and your answer.


Your exam should be typed, double spaced, in 12 point font with 1-inch margins and numbered pages, and staple it! Citations should be done in MLA format with a Works Cited page attached. Late exams will be accepted for up to two days after the deadline, but will incur a 2 point penalty for each day it is late.


Some sources

Review resources at

Watch: Visions of Abolition


Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?


Ruth Wilson Gilmore, “Globalisation and U.S. Prison Growth”


Denise Brennan, “Selling Sex for Visas” (GW 154-168)


Kevin Bales, “Because She Looks Like a Child” (GW 207-229)


Joy Zarembka, “America’s Dirty Work” (GW 142-153)


Bridget Anderson, “Just Another Job?” (GW 104-114)


Watch: Maid in America



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