Prison Nation

America has more than 2 million people in prison, more than any other country in the world. Prison Nation addresses many critical issues: the prison-industrial complex, the death penalty, Three Strikes, racism, privatization, torture, and re-entry into the community.

Prison Nation is an exhibition from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. The CSPG collects, preserves, and exhibits posters relating to historical and contemporary movements for social change. Political posters inspire discussion and action through provocative imagery and language.

On display at the University Library 3rd floor gallery February-April 2009, free and open to the public during all library hours.

Related Reading in our Library

  • Coyle, A., Campbell, A., & Neufeld, R. (Eds.). (2003). Capitalist punishment: Prison privatization & human rights. Atlanta: Clarity Press.

  • Gilmore, R.W. (2007). Golden gulag: Prisons, surplus, crisis, and opposition in globalizing California. Berkeley: University of California Press.

  • Jacobson, M. (2005). Downsizing prisons: How to reduce crime and end mass incarceration. New York: New York University Press

  • Katel, P. (2007, April 6). Prison reform. CQ Researcher, 17, 289-312. [CSUSM access: Search for "Prison reform" in CQ Researcher]

  • Price, B.E. (2006). Merchandizing prisoners: Who really pays for prison privatization? Westport, CT: Praeger.

  • Sudbury, J. (Ed.). (2005). Global lockdown: Race, gender, and the prison-industrial complex. New York: Routledge.


This exhibit is part of the Context: Library Series. Contact Melanie Chu at or (760) 750-4378 for more information and to join our mailing list.



Individuals with disabilities who would like to visit this exhibit, please contact Melanie Chu at (760) 750-4378 regarding any special accommodation needs. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify the event sponsor at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.