Cover

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Frontmatter

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CONTENTS

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

For nearly a decade, Dr. Stephen Tabet provided care to incarcerated HIV patients throughout the state of Washington. These prisoners nearly always suffered from multiple maladies, often a consequence of a long-neglected viral infection. In addition to HIV, several were infected with hepatitis C, a disease of the liver that is potentially lethal...

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Chapter 1. Penal Health Care in Contemporary American Society

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pp. 8-28

Sociologists of punishment have long recognized that inequalities in the broader society are mirrored in and through the prison population, beginning with such classic works as George Rusche and Otto Kirchheimer’s treatise Punishment and Social Structure and Donald Clemmer’s The Prison Community, a Depression-era case study of Illi-...

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Chapter 2. The Conflicting Imperatives of Mass Incarceration and Prisoner Health

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pp. 29-42

It may be tempting to write off the Limestone case as a problem typical only to infamous penal institutions in the southern United States. Given the historical record of brutal, inhumane conditions in prisons and jails in this region of the country—perhaps most notably the deplorable treatment of prisoners incarcerated at Louisiana’s notorious...

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Chapter 3. The Conditions That Produce Catastrophic Penal Institutions

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pp. 43-70

The most influential work that provided policymakers of the late twentieth century with a clear conception and rationale for a newly invigorated strategy of law and order was conservative political scientist James Q. Wilson’s Thinking about Crime. According to Wilson, the only realistic policy response was for government to address crime in...

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Chapter 4. Courts, Legal Change, and Institutional Struggle

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pp. 71-94

It is clear that the birth of the prisoner rights movement in the United States cannot be separated from the emergence of the civil rights movements of the late 1960s. For the first time, the myriad injustices behind bars were made transparent to the general public. In addition to the racist, violent, and unsanitary conditions of the na-...

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Chapter 5. The Challenges of Leatherwood

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pp. 95-112

It was the summer of 2002. Josh Lipman had just finished law school and was to begin his first job as an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR). What he did not know was that he would be in charge of his first case, Limestone, before he even arrived at SCHR’s downtown Atlanta offices. ...

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Chapter 6. Normalizing Catastrophic Loss of Life

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pp. 113-142

As discussion in the preceding chapters has shown, the privatization of prison health has largely been inadequate in addressing the varied, often complex needs of chronically ill prisoners. At the time leading up to the Leatherwood litigation, ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 143-167

On February 23, 2004, approximately four months before Judge Ott would hand down his opinion in the Leatherwood fairness hearing, Dr.Stephen Tabet returned for a follow-up evaluation of Limestone’s HIV prisoners. By this time, the entire population had been moved from Dorm 16 to new living quarters. ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 168-171

As Birmingham News reporter Carla Crowder sat down with former Limestone prisoner Wilson Rogers1 in a park across the street from Birmingham’s famous rib joint Dreamland, an Alabama culinary treasure located among the bustling bars and coffee shops in the trendy Five Points South, she couldn’t help but be surprised at how upbeat and healthy Rogers looked: “He was very poised and spoke with ease about the deaths.” ...

Appendix A. - A Fuller Account of Methods

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pp. 173-176

Appendix B. - The Institutional Lives of Catastrophic Jails and Prisons in the United States,1990–2007

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pp. 177-180

Appendix C. - Prisoner Activism and Advocacy Organizations in North America

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pp. 181-183

Notes

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pp. 185-210

References

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pp. 211-225

Author Index

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pp. 227-231

Subject Index

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pp. 233-238