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Separate and UnequalBlack Americans and the US Federal Government$
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Desmond King

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829249X.001.0001

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Serving Time With the Government: Federal Penitentiaries

Serving Time With the Government: Federal Penitentiaries

(p.142) 5 Serving Time With the Government: Federal Penitentiaries
Separate and Unequal

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King analyses segregation in federal prisons—institutions that he argues reproduced segregationist pressures ever since the 1930 establishment of the Bureau of Prisons through the 1960s, even in those penitentiaries located in parts of the country outside the South. After discussing the origins of federal penitentiaries, King presents a statistical profile and racial composition of inmates in federal prisons before the legal ‘separate but equal’ doctrine. He then considers how the segregated system operated in federal prisons and how attempts at integration were carried out.

Keywords:   Black Americans, Bureau of Prisons, integration, penitentiaries, prisons, segregation, separate but equal

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