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Prime Time Prisons on U.S. TV: Representation of Incarceration
  • Bill Yousman, Sacred Heart University

In the current era of rampant incarceration and an ever-expanding prison-industrial complex, this crucial book breaks down the distorted and sensationalistic version of imprisonment found on U.S. television. Examining local and national television news, broadcast network crime dramas, and the cable television prison drama Oz, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of the stories and images of incarceration most widely seen by viewers in the U.S. and around the world. The textual analysis is augmented by interviews with individuals who have spent time in U.S. prisons and jails; their insights provide important context while encouraging readers to critically reflect on their own responses to television images of imprisonment.

  • American prison system,
  • incarceration,
  • media,
  • television,
  • media criticism,
  • media literacy,
  • popular culture,
  • television studies,
  • criminology
Publication Date
Peter Lang Publishing
Media and Culture
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Citation Information
Bill Yousman. Prime Time Prisons on U.S. TV: Representation of Incarceration. New York CityVol. Volume 10 (2009)
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