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The Tarnished Jewel of the Delta: Continuity and Change in Caste, Class, and Disrepute

The Tarnished Jewel of the Delta: Continuity and Change in Caste, Class, and Disrepute

Chapter:
(p.139) Seven The Tarnished Jewel of the Delta: Continuity and Change in Caste, Class, and Disrepute
Source:
Big House on the Prairie
Author(s):
John M. Eason
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.003.0007

I use descriptive statistics to detail impacts of the FCFCF in Forrest City and a neighboring town, further demonstrating the pros and cons of prison impact. Simultaneously, the chapter establishes that the rise of the rural ghetto presents obstacles to rebuilding Forrest City’s reputation, despite the presence of the FCFCF. On the eve of opening, a resident compared the living conditions in the federal prison to those of fellow residents and concluded that conditions for prisoners are better than many Forrest City residents. This provides a signal that, despite the perceived improvements from prison building, the town continues to struggle. I maintain that despite the presence of the FCFCF, Forrest City’s reputation has suffered.

Keywords:   political economy, ghetto, prison impact

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