Date of Award

Fall 2019

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey


The following paper provides a historical analysis of the 1995 New Jersey Esmor immigration prison rebellion and its aftermath (including two civil class actions, Jama v. INS and Jama v. Esmor Correctional Services Inc). It presents a narrative of migrant-led resistance efforts against the neoliberal Carceral State and settler colonial ideologies during the post-Civil Rights Era.