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This article discusses two revisions of the tragic myth of Oedipus in the light of recent studies on the American prison crisis. In 2010, Luis Alfaro's "Oedipus el Rey," a play that draws on Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus, addressed the national prison crisis which has encroached on barrio life with dreadful repercussions. One year later, Ernest Drucker employed the term "plague of prisons" to describe the phenomenon of mass incarceration in the US and shed light on its effects on poor communitiesdoi:10.25145/j.recaesin.2020.81.06 fatcat:gwnxr7gd3jblljzr7pcy7u52mi