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Progressive PunishmentJob Loss, Jail Growth and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion$
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Judah Schept

Print publication date: 1942

Print ISBN-13: 9781479810710

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479810710.001.0001

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Capital Departures and the Arrival of Punishment

Capital Departures and the Arrival of Punishment

(p.37) 1 Capital Departures and the Arrival of Punishment
Progressive Punishment

Judah Schept

NYU Press

Following the short introduction to Part 1, Chapter 1 begins the story of local carceral expansion with an examination of the 85-acre site designated to house the justice campus. The site was the former home of the largest color television production plant in the world, owned for decades by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). RCA was the community’s largest employer at one point but began shifting production to Mexico in the 1960s and ultimately closed the Bloomington plant in 1998. Almost immediately, the county began considering the site for a justice campus. The chapter traces the community’s loss of that plant and subsequent attempt to build the campus as part of broader currents of the neoliberal state, including the geographical movement of capital across scale and space and the rise of the carceral state. As part of this examination, the chapter looks at the municipal growth strategies that created a zone of tax abatements and financing within which the justice campus would have sat. The chapter relies on research from cultural and Marxist geography to discuss the importance of material and symbolic reading of the landscape to consider its telling of history and the way it can be mobilized as an ideological template on which to project a particular vision for the future. The book begins with this history and analysis in order to situate and disturb the "common sense" of carceral expansion.

Keywords:   Cultural geography, Historical geography, RCA, Justice campus, Landscape, Neoliberal capitalism

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