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Race to incarcerate /
Marc Mauer [&] the Sentencing Project.
New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c1999.
xiv, 208 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
1565844297 (pbk.)
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, c1999.
1565844297 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marc Mauer is the assistant director of The Sentencing Project, a national organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes criminal justice reform and the development of alternatives to incarceration. He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections, and the American Bar Association. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, USA, 2000 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-07-12:
In recent years, Mauer, the assistant director of the Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C., has raised one of the few voices in the media decrying the explosive increase in the U.S. prison population, and especially the high percentages of incarcerated young black men. In this sober, nuanced analysis, he assesses how we have come to lock up offenders "at a rate 6 to 10 times that of most comparable countries"Äa rate that represents a 500% increase since 1972. Meanwhile, "about the best that can be said is that crime rates in some categories are no worse than they were when only one sixth as many inmates filled the nation's prisons." The major culprits for the expanded rolls, he contends, are mandatory sentencing statues and the "war on drugs" that began in the early '80s. Yet the evidence is too murky to prove that increased incarceration leads to a lowered crime rate, Mauer argues. With some crimes, notably drug peddling, offenders are often "replaced" on the streets, since "a thriving market exists with the potential for lucrative profits." His policy solutionsÄjobs, educationÄmight be dismissed as "hopelessly liberal," he acknowledges, but they're what work for the middle class; while they may not fully address the complexities of the underclass, there is evidence that they help. He also argues for increased drug treatment. Pointing out some potent unintended consequences of overcrowded prisons, Mauer cites displaced criminal justice resources, significant African-American disenfranchisement and family disruption (including increased sexual bargaining power for unimprisoned black men, and thus more illegitimacy). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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The assistant director of The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice reform group, analyzes the unprecedented explosion in the prison population during the past 25 years, and examines how the "get tough" movement has taken its most serious toll on African Americans.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: The Race to Incarceratep. 1
The Incarceration "Experiment"p. 15
The Rise of the "Tough on Crime" Movementp. 42
Crime as Politicsp. 56
The Prison-crime Connectionp. 81
The Limits of the Criminal Justice System on Crime Controlp. 100
African Americans and the Criminal Justice Systemp. 118
The War on Drugs and the African American Communityp. 142
What's Class Got to Do with It?p. 162
"Give the Public What It Wants": Media Images and Crime Policyp. 171
Unintended Consequencesp. 178
A New Direction for a New Centuryp. 189
Indexp. 195
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