Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Barbara Gurr


Criminology | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Inequality and Stratification | Political Science | Race and Ethnicity | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance


This thesis compared the patterns influencing the creation of Native American reservations and the prison industrial complex in the United States. I argue that the country is controlled by people who create a physical and socio-political environment that caters to their certain positionality, adversely effecting and pushing marginalized groups into confined, controlled spaces in their own home. Ultimately, environmental justice, or equal control of people over their environment, is a vital factor in ending structural and physical violence against marginalized groups in the United States.