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Monday, June 1, 2015

How Gangs Keep You Safe

Prison gangs are violent and dangerous — they're also sometimes your best shot

David Skarbek is an award-winning author and lecturer of Political Economy at King’s College London. His research has examined how people define and enforce property rights and trade in the absence of a strong, effective government.

His book The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System examines how inmates create self-governance institutions to promote economic and social interactions behind bars.

This talk was delivered at a TEDx event at the University of Coventry, England.

Read an excellent review and summary of the book at the Independent Institute, see an interview with Skarbek at Reason TV, or buy it on Amazon.

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