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Laws 2015, 4(1), 91-106; doi:10.3390/laws4010091

USP Marion: A Few Prisoners Summon the Courage to Speak

Department of Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI 54901-8655, USA
Academic Editor: Robert Johnson
Received: 9 November 2014 / Revised: 15 January 2015 / Accepted: 26 January 2015 / Published: 3 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rough Justice: Penal Sanctions, Human Dignity, and Human Rights)
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USP Marion is the first supermax federal penitentiary. Marionization refers to the experimental control program used at this prison. The prisoners speaking in this article suffered many years of solitary confinement. This research brief discusses some of what they experienced in their own words. These are the recollections of a few Marion prisoners that have summoned the courage to speak out and share their darkest memories. View Full-Text
Keywords: USP Marion; marionization; supermax; prison ethnography; auto ethnography USP Marion; marionization; supermax; prison ethnography; auto ethnography
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Richards, S.C. USP Marion: A Few Prisoners Summon the Courage to Speak. Laws 2015, 4, 91-106.

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