Cradle to Grave: Texas “Disproportionality” from Foster Care to Death Row

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This research-based archive consists of critiques, cartography, graphs, government documents, art and cultural productions, reports from civil and human rights organizations, and oral histories that address the regulation and policing of marginalized communities. Mapping transitions, HTLC uses GIS technology to collect and map data on prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, immigration detention centers, foster care, orphanages, psychiatric hospitals and other sites of captivity from Tejas to Brazil. Also documented are community or collective responses to violation—which include domestic and sexual violence in households, communities, and collectives. Mapping these landscapes offers a lens through which to analyze formations and identities shaped by race, nationality, gender, class, and sexuality. A geography of contemporary captivities (state, social, domestic) as well as quilombos (semi-autonomous zones of self determination and development) outlines routes and possibilities shaped by anti-violence initiatives, community centers and gardens, alternative education and policing, and eco-friendly environments.

“Cradle to Grave” conducts research for digital reports—resources for organizing and publications—that analyze the status of people of color in Texas; it also conducts comparative studies of the state and its cities with other states/cites in the United States, Brazil and Mexico.

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