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  • Tags: Representing Carceral Subjects through Visual Spectacle

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The mugshot refers to one of the earliest images of prisoners taken by police of prisoners. Originally done in Belgium beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, around 1844, Parisian police were already using photography immediately after the…
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Courtroom sketches in the United States date back as early as the late nineteenth century. These courtroom drawings were created at time when photography was not a practical option for courtroom – even now, many jurisdictions do not allow cameras so…
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Tabloid journalism is rooted in the “penny press” of the mid-nineteenth century and in sensationalist “yellow journalism” of the 1900s. The word tabloid arguably originates from tablet, the compressed form of many antibiotics produced by…
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The development of body cameras for police officers created an avenue for law enforcement to collect evidence and provide transparency during controversial altercations. These body-worn cameras are small video cameras attached to a piece of clothing,…
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The VHS format was introduced in North America at a Consumer Electronics Show press conference in Chicago. The VHS stands for Video Home System that was based on an open standard, developed in 1976 by JVC (Japan Victor Company), the standard form of…
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Two years following the popularity of camera phones in Asia, the U.S. mobile company Sprint came out with the Sanyo SCP-5300, which could take pictures at 640x480 pixels; it also had basic flash features, digital zooming capabilities, a self-timer,…
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The Professional Criminals of America was published in 1886 and was a compendium of images of almost 400 criminals. The book contained mug shots, descriptions, and individual records of each criminal and was written by an inspector named Thomas…
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Here is an 8-minute excerpt from a 30-minute silent film made in 1929 on the 100th anniversary of Eastern State Penitentiary’s opening. The prints of the film were given to the prison’s Board of Trustees who later distributed it, but only one copy…
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The Spectator, a prison newspaper published from inside Michigan State Prison was operated by and for inmates in the prison. The newspaper features many different columns and stories, such as sports and gossip, as well as political cartoons. The…
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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is an American drama film that was released in 1932 exposing the life of inmates that formed chain gangs. It was known for having elicited social interest in the brutality and widespread use of chain gangs in the…
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The Big House is one of the earliest prison films that set a number of precedents in the genre, depicting deteriorating prison conditions that lead to a prison riot. It explored a number of facets about life in prison, including hierarchies,…
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Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay housed America’s most dangerous felons from 1934 to 1963, including Al Capone and Richard Stroud. In 1971, Alcatraz opened itself up to tourists for a prison tourism experience by the National Park Service. Over a…
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The Attica Prison Riot was an uprising by prisoners, the most famous prison uprising in the 20th century. During this event, prisoners took control of the Attica Prison Facility in protest of its harsh living conditions, where among other human…
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Abu Ghraib was a US army detention center for Iraqis captured between 2003 and 2006. The torture scandal at Abu Ghraib refers to the bombshell discovery of graphic digital photos of physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by American soldiers.
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Lockup was a prison reality TV show and documentary series produced by 44 Blue Productions and that aired on MSNBC. It explored life in jail and prison facilities in the United States, and profiled notable prisoners, various violent incidents, and…
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On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was killed by police officers Darren Wilson. Brown was 18 years old and a resident of Ferguson, Missouri. This moment has been cited by many to be the one that propelled police departments and agencies to start buying…
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CCTV, also known as closed circuit television, is a system of video cameras transmitting signals to a limited set of monitors. The system is closed and independent, and access to the system is limited. A CCTV system is composed of certain basic…
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