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How Drugs and Prisons Became Replacement Economies

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Charles Shaw

Cops and prisons, drugs and guns, McDonald's and Wal-Mart ... these were the replacement economies America had to offer in her postindustrial age if you couldn't get a college degree.

Inside the Illinois Prison Known as "Hotel Hell"

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Charles Shaw

I spent 13 days in isolation at the Stateville Northern Reception and Classification center in Joliet, Illinois. It was a form of torture that leaves an indelible scar on a person's soul.