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HST 352: American InJustice (Deno): The Prison as a Social History of the US: Injustice in Indianapolis

This guide serves to assist HST 352 students in navigating various media in order to execute social justice research. It will also support students in various assignments throughout the semester.

Injustice in Indianapolis

Housing Inequity in Indianapolis Resources

Adams, D. (2020, February 20). Housing Value Gap Exists for Black Homeowners in Marion County. [Video]. IndyStar.

Capital Punishment

The Death Penalty is still practiced in Indiana. between the years 1897 and 2009, a total of 94 men have been executed in the State of Indiana for capital offenses. Those who are sentenced to death in Indiana are housed at the Indiana State Prison. Currently, there are nine men and one woman under sentence of death in the state of Indiana. All of these individuals are classified as maximum security and housed in single cells.

Execution Process

In Indiana, the state uses a three-drug protocol to carry out execution orders:

  • Brevitol: To induce unconsciousness.
  • Pancuronium or Vecuronium Bromide: To paralyze the respiratory system.
  • Potassium Chloride: To stop the heart.

The current laws practiced were enacted in 1996 by the Indiana General Assembly.

Prisons in Indiana

Indiana has an incarceration rate of 723 per 100,000 people. 47,000 Indiana residents are locked up in various kinds of facilities throughout the state.

Incarceration rates have dramatically increased over the past 40 years and outnumber the average total in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Luxembourg, Canada, among others.


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