Silent cells : the secret drugging of captive America

Silent cells : the secret drugging of captive America

By Hatch, Anthony Ryan, 1976- author.

Published [2019] by University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis

ISBN 9781517907433

Bib Id 1103799

Description 172 pages ; 22 cm

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Silent cells : the secret drugging of captive America
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[2019] by University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis :
172 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction. Incarcerating bodies and brains -- One. Climbing the walls: A survey of psychotropic ignorance -- Two. The pharmacy prison: Auditing prison pharmaceutical regimes (with Renee M. Shelby) -- Three. Experimental patriots: Citizenship and the racial ethics of prison drug testing -- Four. Psychic states of emergency: The pacification of institutional crises -- Five. There are dark days ahead: A new era of psychic violence -- Conclusion. Overdose: Institutional addiction in the U.S. carceral state.
For at least four decades, U.S. prisons and jails have aggressively turned to psychotropic drugs--antidepressants, antipsychotics, sedatives, and tranquilizers--to silence inmates, whether or not they have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. In Silent Cells, Anthony Ryan Hatch demonstrates that the pervasive use of psychotropic drugs has not only defined and enabled mass incarceration but has also become central to other forms of captivity, including foster homes, military and immigrant detention centers, and nursing homes. Silent Cells shows how, in shockingly large numbers, federal, state, and local governments and government-authorized private agencies pacify people with drugs, uncovering patterns of institutional violence that threaten basic human and civil rights. Drawing on publicly available records, Hatch unearths the coercive ways that psychotropics serve to manufacture compliance and docility, practices hidden behind layers of state secrecy, medical complicity, and corporate profiteering. Psychotropics, Hatch shows, are integral to "technocorrectional" policies devised to minimize public costs and increase the private profitability of mass captivity while guaranteeing public safety and national security. This broad indictment of psychotropics is therefore animated by a radical counterfactual question: would incarceration on the scale practiced in the United States even be possible without psychotropics?