© 2009

Behind Bars

Latino/as and Prison in the United States

  • Editors
  • Suzanne Oboler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

  3. The Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. José Luis Morín
      Pages 17-38
    3. David Manuel Hernández
      Pages 39-66
    4. Alan Eladio Gómez
      Pages 67-96
    5. Victor M. Rios
      Pages 97-111
    6. Laurie Schaffner
      Pages 113-131
    7. Juan Cartagena
      Pages 133-148
  4. The Lived Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Mercedes Victoria Castillo
      Pages 151-153
    3. Laura E. Garcia
      Pages 155-158
    4. Dicxon Valderruten
      Pages 175-180
    5. Marcia Esparza
      Pages 181-185
  5. The Art of Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Victor Alejandro Sorell
      Pages 189-212
    3. Alan Eladio Gómez
      Pages 213-222
    4. raúlrsalinas
      Pages 223-225

About this book


This book addresses the complex issue of incarceration of Latino/as and offers a comprehensive overview of such topics as deportations in historical context, a case study of latino/a resistance to prisons in the 70s, the issues of youth and and girls prisons, and the post incarceration experience.


crime culture methods Visual Culture

About the authors

SUZANNE OBOLER is Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA and is Editor of Latino Studies, USA.

Bibliographic information


"With this anthology, Oboler and her collaborators have taken a vicious swing at cracking the walls of silence, indifference, and distortion that surround the largest system of criminal injustice in the world. Simply put, with its wide array of individual case studies, and legal, social, and philosophical interventions on civil and human rights discourses, Behind Bars is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary work to date on the sordid reality of the carceral state s pervasive impact on U.S. Latinos. This a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding not only of how the prison industrial complex intersects with social control, nationhood, immigration policies, and international law and impacts the individual lives of those behind bars, but also of what the very existence of these policies and practices say about us in the so-called free world." - Louis Mendoza, Associate Professor of Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities