Iven Hale on jails and prisons: No Fantasy

program date: 
Mon, 05/27/2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer may ask a willing suspension of disbelief about the supernatural, but is simply in error on some real-world matters, including the difference between  jails (run by counties and holding those awaiting trial or serving short sentences for misdemeanors or certain other violations) and  prisons (longer-term, state-run or corporate-run). The difference in time and turnover means differences in services available, cleanliness, and other important matters.  Iven Hale draws on her training for work as a parole officer in order  to describe these places and to comment on the practices of incarceration in the USA.


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