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The Politics of Injustice; Crime and Punishment in America

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780761929949

ISBN10:
0761929940
Media:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/16/2003
Publisher(s):
Sage Publications, Inc
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Summary

The U.S. crime rate has dropped steadily for more than a decade, yet the rate of incarceration continues to skyrocket. Today, more than 2 million Americans are locked in prisons and jails with devastating consequences for poor families and communities, overcrowded institutions and overburdened taxpayers. How did the U.S. become the world's leader in incarceration? Why have the numbers of women, juveniles, and people of color increased especially rapidly among the imprisoned?The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America, Second Edition is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration. is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments for the Second Edition viii
1. Criminal Justice Expansion 1(12)
Explaining the Expansion of the Penal System
4(3)
Outline of the Book
7(6)
2. Crime in the United States 13(12)
Crime in Historical Perspective
13(6)
Crime in Comparative Perspective
19(3)
Conclusion
22(3)
3. Murder, American Style 25(20)
Popular Explanations of Violence
26(2)
Guns
28(3)
Inequality and Homicide
31(3)
The Ecology of Urban Violence
34(8)
Conclusion
42(3)
4. The Politics of Crime 45(28)
The Origins of the Discourse of Law and Order
48(2)
From the war on Poverty to the War on Crime
50(10)
From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs
60(11)
Conclusion
71(2)
5. Crime in the Media 73(30)
Crime in the News
73(8)
Crime as Entertainment
81(16)
Media Imagery and Public Opinion
97(3)
Conclusion
100(3)
6. Crime and Public Opinion 103(26)
Fear of Crime
104(3)
Crime as a Social Problem
107(4)
Popular Punitiveness
111(5)
Understanding Popular Punitiveness
116(5)
Alternatives to Punitiveness
121(4)
Minority Dissent
125(3)
Conclusion
128(1)
7. Activism and the Politics of Crime 129(32)
Community-Based Crime Prevention Efforts
130(10)
The Victim's Rights Movement
140(9)
Adversarial Activism: Human Rights Campaigns Against Police Brutality, Capital Punishment, and the War on Drugs
149(11)
Conclusion
160(1)
8. Crime and Public Policy 161(28)
Drug Policing
162(3)
Punitive Sentencing
165(8)
Return of Capital Punishment
173(2)
Retreat From Juvenile Justice
175(1)
Prisoner Warehousing
176(3)
The Surveillance Society
179(2)
Criminal Justice and Democracy
181(6)
Conclusion
187(2)
9. Alternatives 189(16)
Social Investment
190(2)
Harm Reduction
192(4)
Alternative Sentencing
196(1)
Rehabilitating Reintegration
197(2)
Toward Disarmament
199(2)
Community Policing
201(3)
Conclusion
204(1)
Notes 205(12)
References 217(26)
Index 243(20)
About the Authors 263


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