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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