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Key Terms to Try "Mass incarceration"

  • Use the SDCCD+ tab on the library homepage
  • In general, search using one or two nouns, combined by AND or OR.
  • Do more than one search, using different words that cover the same concept.
  • If you find too much information, take out a word. If you don't find enough, add one.
  • Use an asterisk (*) to search for variations on a word. For example, searching for student* will bring up records on student and students.
  • For more information, see Develop a topic

There are many different ways you can take this, so these are only a few examples. Look out for more terms as you search:

  • “mass incarceration” (the quotes “ “ searches as a phrase)
  • imprisonment
  • prison
  • prisoner* (the asterisk * lets you search for prisoner, prisoners)
  • “criminal justice”
  • "prison-industrial complex”
  • “school-to-prison pipeline”

Term 1 AND …

  • black*
  • “African American*”
  • Any other ethnicity that is getting targeted
  • race
  • “social aspects”

Selected Ebooks

Selected Articles

From EBSCOhost. These are just a few. Access via the A-Z Databases List.

Pettit, B., & Gutierrez, C. (2018). Mass Incarceration and Racial Inequality. American Journal of Economics & Sociology, 77(3/4), 1153–1182.

Gross, K. N. (2015). African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Protection. Journal of American History, 102(1), 25–33

Pettit, B., & Sykes, B. L. (2015). Civil Rights Legislation and Legalized Exclusion: Mass Incarceration and the Masking of Inequality. Sociological Forum, 30, 589–611.

Cox, R. (2018). Mass Incarceration, Racial Disparities in Health, and Successful Aging. Generations, 42(2), 48–55

Jay, M. (2019). From Mass Incarceration to Mass Coercion. Monthly Review: An Independent Socialist Magazine, 71(7), 24.

Desai, S. R., & Abeita, A. (2017). Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: A Young Black Male’s Journey from Probation to Self-Advocacy. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 13, 45–52.

Perry, E. L. (2016). Teaching History in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Embracing the Narratives of the Long Struggle for Civil Rights. American Journalism, 33(4), 465–470.

Reed, W. (2016, October 20). Prisons: The New Plantations. Washington Informer, 52(1), 15–52.

Hunter, M. (2016). Colorism in the Classroom: How Skin Tone Stratifies African American and Latina/o Students. Theory Into Practice, 55(1), 54–61.

Selected Streaming Video

From Films on Demand. These are just a few. Access via the A-Z Databases List.

Films Media Group. (2018). TEDTalks: Eve Abrams—The Human Stories Behind Mass Incarceration. Films on Demand.

Films Media Group. (2019). True justice: Bryan Stevenson's fight for equality. Films On Demand.


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