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15 J.L. Soc'y 41 (2013-2014)
Unmaking the Motor City in the Age of Mass Incarceration

handle is hein.journals/jls15 and id is 49 raw text is: UNMAKING THE MOTOR CITY IN THE AGE OF MASS
INCARCERATION
HEATHER ANN THOMPSON'
Table of Contents
I. WHAT HAPPENED TO DETROIT? ..................................................... 41
II. WHAT HAPPENED TO DETROIT... THE MORE COMPLICATED
STO RY  ...........................................................................................  43
A. The Criminalization of Urban Space ...................................... 43
B. Why  the  War on  Crime? ...........................................................  44
1. A Revolution in Drug Legislation ...................................... 46
2. Sentencing  and  Parole ......................................................  47
3. The Criminalization of Detroit Schools ............................. 48
C. D etroit's  Urban  Crisis .............................................................  49
1. M illion  D ollar Blocks  ........................................................  50
2. Orphaned   Children  ...........................................................   51
3.  Unemp loym ent ..................................................................   52
D. The Carceral State and Detroit's Economic Fallout .............. 53
1. Profits  From  Prisons ........................................................  54
2.  G reen  F light .......................................................................  56
III. WHY HASN'T DETROIT CHANGED THIS? ....................................... 58
A. D isenfranchisem ent .................................................................  59
B. Distorting Democracy Via the Census .................................... 60
IV . C ONCLUSION  .................................................................................  61
I. WHAT HAPPENED TO DETROIT?
According to legend and lore, Detroit used to be a great place to live.
It was a prosperous melting pot and the best of all that America had to
offer. That is until the conflict-filled 1960s when young people,
specifically young militant activists, became too impatient with the pace
of civil rights progress (which, apparently, was going along quite
smoothly) and tore up their own city in the Detroit Riot of 1967. This
was the story told by journalists such as William Shannon, who titled his
1. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian of cities as well as crime and punishment
who writes regularly for scholarly as well as popular publications. She also sits on a
number of policy boards and is the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor, and Race in
a Modern American City (Comell University Press, 2001) and the forthcoming, Blood in
the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (Pantheon Books).

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