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Race to incarcerate /
Marc Mauer [and] the Sentencing Project.
edition
Rev. and updated ed.
imprint
New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2006.
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xv, 240 p.
ISBN
1595580220 (pbk.)
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New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2006.
isbn
1595580220 (pbk.)
catalogue key
5861637
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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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Review Quotes
"A tremendously disturbing and important book. . . . The questions that it poses call for answers that too few of those in power have been brave enough to give." --Jonathan Kozol "An important book. The numbers tell a shocking story." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune "Insightful. . . . Sheds new light on the relationship between drug use, sales, arrests, and race." -- Emerge " Race to Incarcerate explains why prisoners have become commodities and why present policies are draining black communities of their young men." --Julian Bond, Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors
"A tremendously disturbing and important book. . . . The questions that it poses call for answers that too few of those in power have been brave enough to give." -Jonathan Kozol "An important book. The numbers tell a shocking story." - The San Diego Union-Tribune "Insightful. . . . Sheds new light on the relationship between drug use, sales, arrests, and race." - Emerge " Race to Incarcerate explains why prisoners have become commodities and why present policies are draining black communities of their young men." -Julian Bond, Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors
An important book. The numbers tell a shocking story.
A tremendously disturbing and important book.
Explains why prisoners have become commodities and why present policies are draining black communities of their young men. --Julian Bond, past chair of the NAACP Board of Directors
Insightful'¦.Sheds new light on the relationship between drug use, sales, arrests, and race.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Including material on developments under the Bush administration, and statistics, graphs, and charts, this book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the over-reliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development.
Main Description
An updated account of the explosion in America's prison population. In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of one of the United States' leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America. Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the over-reliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development. Called "sober and nuanced" by Publishers Weekly, Race to Incarcerate documents the enormous financial and human toll of the "get tough" movement, and argues for more humane--and productive--alternatives.
Main Description
In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of one of the United States' leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America. Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the overreliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development. Called "sober and nuanced" by Publishers Weekly , Race to Incarcerate documents the enormous financial and human toll of the "get tough" movement, and argues for more humane--and productive--alternatives.
Main Description
In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of one of the United States' leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America.Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the over-reliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development. Called "sober and nuanced" by Publishers Weekly , Race to Incarcerate documents the enormous financial and human toll of the "get tough" movement, and argues for more humane'”and productive'”alternatives.
Main Description
In this revised version of his seminal book on race, class and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of the United States' leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look at three decades of prison expansion in American available. Including newly-written material on recent developments under the Bush administration, and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the race to incarceratep. 1
The incarceration "experiment"p. 16
The rise of the "tough on crime" movementp. 40
Crime as politicsp. 55
The prison-crime connectionp. 92
The limits of the criminal justice system on crime controlp. 113
African Americans and the criminal justice systemp. 130
The war on drugs and the African American communityp. 157
What's class got to do with it?p. 177
"Give the public what it wants" : media images and crime policyp. 187
Consequences : intended and unintendedp. 195
A new direction for a new centuryp. 208
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