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Carceral FantasiesCinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America$
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Alison Griffiths

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161060

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161060.001.0001

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The Prison Museum and Media Use in the Contemporary Prison

The Prison Museum and Media Use in the Contemporary Prison

(p.267) Conclusion The Prison Museum and Media Use in the Contemporary Prison
Carceral Fantasies

Alison Griffiths

Columbia University Press

The book closes with an examination of the contemporary period, with brief discussion of several prison museums and current media access in Sing Sing prison, the subject of Chapter Four. The prison museum is a fascinating simulacrum, a semiotic frenzy that is haunting and, by public reputation, often haunted. Visitors manifestly seem to love imagining what it must be like to be incarcerated, and in many ways prisons have always functioned as de facto museums, given the large number of visitors allowed to tour facilities in the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. The conclusion also adumbrates some features of contemporary media use at Sing Sing prison, less an attempt to construct an exhaustive history of media use in prisons than to offer a snapshot of some recent changes, including the introduction of in-cell television at Sing Sing in April 2015.

Keywords:   Prison Museums, Dartmoor Prison, Alcatraz, Bodmin Jail, Eastern Penitentiary, Contemporary Prison Media, In-Cell Television, Criminal Justice System

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