Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Caging Borders and Carceral StatesIncarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert T. Chase

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651231

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651231.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 25 September 2021

Whatever Happened to the Southern Chain Gang?

Whatever Happened to the Southern Chain Gang?

Reinventing the Road Prison in Sunbelt Florida

Chapter:
(p.211) Whatever Happened to the Southern Chain Gang?
Source:
Caging Borders and Carceral States
Author(s):

Vivien Miller

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651231.003.0008

The chapter offers a critical evaluation of Florida’s post-1960s liberalizing corrections philosophy. Beginning with a devastating prison fire that killed thirty-eight prisoners in 1967, the chapter reevaluates traditional narratives that have cast the calamitous fire as the beginning of the end of Southern prison road work. The chapter uncovers an already ongoing institutional history where the movement away from Southern penal traditions mired in the political economy of the chain gang became part of a post-1960s turn toward new Sunbelt values of “corrections” and a new “community-treatment” concept ostensibly intended to offer prisoners vocational training, less high-level security supervision, and a role in community building. In an era of prison uprisings, prisoners’ rights suits, and desegregation of prisons, the chapter concludes that Florida’s highway maintenance program was simply redesigned road work and a Sunbelt version of “community corrections” masked as a liberalizing reform.

Keywords:   Florida prisons, Prison fire, Prison road work, Prison labor, Chain gang, Florida Department of Correction, Prison reform, Community corrections, Sunbelt

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .