The Prison Industrial Complex (Alternative
Even though recorded May 5, 1997, Ms. Davis’ 54 minute lecture is still
valid because the
topic of her discussion and beliefs have only grown worse since 1997. Ms.
Davis talks about how the United States prison population has exploded
over the past ten years, even though the crime rate has dropped
dramatically. She also points out how Black Americans, poor Americans,
immigrants, and other minorities are the ones most subject to prison life
as opposed to the ones committing corporate and environmental crimes. Also
discussed is what Ms. Davis believes should happen to those imprisoned.
She believes that the imprisoned should be rehabilitated and not punished.
However, she doesn’t mention what she thinks should happen to those who
wish not to be or can not be rehabilitated. Ms. Davis also takes a little
time to bash Nike for it’s use of sweat shops around the world. Although
I totally understand where Ms. Davis is coming from and why she is so
concerned, I strongly disagree with about 50% of what she says here. But
this review is about her, not me, so I will refrain from bogging you down
with what I think. Angela Davis makes a good argument for her beliefs and
whether or not you agree with her, this is an interesting and thought
provoking spoken word disc. – Denis Sheehan