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Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison : Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice,9780205461721

Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison : Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice

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Edition:
8th
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9780205461721

ISBN10:
0205461727
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Description This best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, eighth edition, examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish: from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing. The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor. As with every edition, this text has been thoroughly revised. Some of the latest revisions include the following: * Current statistics on criminal and noncriminal harms * New section at the end of Chapter 1, "A Word about Foucault" * Also in Chapter 1, a brief comment on Rawlsrs"s theory of justice added to the section on poverty as a known cause of crime * New appendix, "Between Philosophy and Criminology," argues that criminology has a special need for philosophical reflection, and states the philosophical assumptions underlying The Rich Get Richer

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition xi
Acknowledgments for the First Edition xix
About the Author xxi
Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing 1(11)
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES
9(1)
NOTES
10(2)
CHAPTER ONE Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds like Failure 12(48)
DESIGNED TO FAIL
12(10)
THREE EXCUSES THAT WILL NOT WASH, OR HOW WE COULD REDUCE CRIME IF WE WANTED TO
22(7)
First Excuse: We're Too Soft!
23(1)
Second Excuse: A Cost of Modern Life
24(3)
Third Excuse: Blame It on the Kids!
27(2)
KNOWN SOURCES OF CRIME
29(14)
Poverty
29(3)
Prison
32(2)
Guns
34(2)
Drugs
36(7)
WHAT WORKS TO REDUCE CRIME
43(2)
HOW CRIME PAYS: ERIKSON AND DURKHEIM
45(2)
A WORD ABOUT FOUCAULT
47(2)
SUMMARY
49(1)
STUDY QUESTIONS
50(1)
ADDITIONAL READINGS
50(1)
NOTES
51(9)
CHAPTER TWO A Crime by Any Other Name... 60(51)
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
60(2)
THE CARNIVAL MIRROR
62(5)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AS CREATIVE ART
67(3)
A CRIME BY ANY OTHER NAME...
70(31)
Work May Be Dangerous to Your Health
82(5)
Health Care May Be Dangerous to Your Health
87(4)
Waging Chemical Warfare against America
91(6)
Poverty Kills
97(4)
SUMMARY
101(1)
STUDY QUESTIONS
102(1)
ADDITIONAL READINGS
102(1)
NOTES
103(8)
CHAPTER THREE ...and the Poor Get Prison 111(56)
WEEDING OUT THE WEALTHY
111(39)
Arrest and Charging
117(12)
Adjudication and Conviction
129(12)
Sentencing
141(9)
...AND THE POOR GET PRISON
150(5)
SUMMARY
155(1)
STUDY QUESTIONS
156(1)
ADDITIONAL READINGS
156(11)
CHAPTER FOUR To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime? 167(30)
WHY IS THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILING?
167(6)
THE POVERTY OF CRIMINALS AND THE CRIME OF POVERTY
173(11)
The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice
174(6)
The Bonus of Bias
180(4)
IDEOLOGY, OR HOW TO FOOL ENOUGH OF THE PEOPLE ENOUGH OF THE TIME
184(6)
What Is Ideology?
184(4)
The Need for Ideology
188(2)
SUMMARY
190(1)
STUDY QUESTIONS
190(1)
ADDITIONAL READINGS
191(1)
NOTES
191(6)
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice 197(18)
THE CRIME OF JUSTICE
197(2)
REHABILITATING CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA
199(12)
Protecting Society
200(7)
Promoting Justice
207(4)
SUMMARY
211(1)
STUDY QUESTIONS
211(1)
ADDITIONAL READINGS
212(1)
NOTES
212(3)
Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice 215(21)
MARXISM AND CA VITA LISM
217(3)
CAPITALISM AND IDEOLOGY
220(3)
IDEOLOGY AND LAW
223(6)
LAW AND ETHICS
229(4)
NOTES
233(3)
Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology 236(15)
PHILOSOPHICAL ASSUMPTIONS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE GENERALLY
237(1)
THE SPECIAL PHILOSOPHICAL NEEDS OF CRIMINOLOGY
238(4)
THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET PHILOSOPHY
242(7)
NOTES
249(2)
Index 251


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