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A Country Called Prison

With 2.2 million people in prison, the United States has more inmates than any other nation, even more than China and India combined. With this stunning statistic and even more evidence, Mary Looman and John Carl propose a paradigm shift in the way that American society views mass incarceration in their new book A COUNTRY CALLED PRISON.  With meticulous research and real life stories, Looman and Carl build a foundation of understanding to demonstrate that prison is more than an institution built of fences and policies – it is a culture.

Tune in Monday, August 10 at 8 a.m. CST to KAZI for my interview with Looman and Carl.  In our interview we talked about:

  • How their respective careers studying and working in the prison system led them to writing A COUNTRY CALLED PRISON.
  • How the United States war on drugs led to a substantial increase in incarceration,
  • Why prison is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with drug addiction.

The Authors

Mary D. Looman is a Psychologist for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma with over 30 years of experience working in criminal justice and social service organizations.

John D. Carl is an Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, at the University of Oklahoma with 20 years of experience in social work and teaching college courses in criminology.


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