At the beginning of the 21st century, rural communities compete fiercely for state and federal penitentiaries. Former miners, farmers, and factory workers now stand guard over the prisoners, a majority of whom are young black men in shackles. A new symbiosis between city and countryside.

end Lake Community College lies across I-57 from this prison. The two facilities share instructors and, sometimes, classrooms. The college campus and the prison grounds abut Rend Lake, a tourist destination.

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