What blooms: The jailhouse, inside out

Special Issue: The Beautiful Prison

ISBN: 978-1-78350-967-6, eISBN: 978-1-78350-966-9

ISSN: 1059-4337

Publication date: 17 June 2014


This essay takes the cross-bayou, architectural face-off between the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Houston’s Harris County Jail (HCJ) as an occasion to imagine the jail reconstructed as a site for restorative social-justice programs – programs that invite the community inside as does the open-enrollment university. The essay exercises a concretely located yet utopian imagination that refigures jail and university as kindred and symbiotic institutions. It envisions, story by story, how HCJ might be repurposed as “Un-UHD”: a center for the social justice activities serving the nation’s fourth largest city.


Chuck Jackson (2014). 'What blooms: The jailhouse, inside out', Special Issue: The Beautiful Prison (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 64). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 87-96

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-433720140000064006



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