The prison industrial complex is a system similar to slavery, in which money is made by the exploitation and oppression of people that are of middle and lower class communities, especially African Americans. The prison Industrial complex is in short, everything that has to do with the prison system.
These stories of motherhood function as anti-slavery texts because they give examples of life as a slave and how horrible it was, this would support abolitionists. The fact that slave children grew up with no mother is sad enough to make anyone support the abolitionist cause. The white world was i.