Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: A Reader

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The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Prison: A Reader is a selection of 25 articles ranging from newspaper stories that highlight issues to articles in professional journals. Articles cover the following topics: Crime Control in America A Crime by Any other Name... ...and the Poor get Prison To the Vanquished belong the Spoils CriminalJusticeorCriminal Justice

Author Biography

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University in Washington, D.C. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Queens College in 1963, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He was a Fulbright Scholar in India during 1966–1967. He joined the American University faculty in 1970, in the Center for the Administration of Justice (now called the Department of Justice, Law and Society of the School of Public Affairs). After several years of holding a joint appointment in the Justice program and the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Dr. Reiman joined the Department of Philosophy and Religion full-time in 1988, becoming director of the Master’s Program in Philosophy and Social Policy. He was named William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy in 1990. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, and past president of the American University Phi Beta Kappa chapter. In addition to The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, Dr. Reiman is the author of In Defense of Political Philosophy (1972), Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (1990), Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (1997), The Death Penalty: For and Against (with Louis P. Pojman, 1998), Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life (1999), and more than 60 articles in philosophy and criminal justice journals and anthologies. He is also coeditor, with Paul Leighton, of the anthology Criminal Justice Ethics (2001).


Paul Leighton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany in 1986, and is indebted to Graeme Newman for helping to direct him away from law school to the Justice, Law and Society program at American University. While at American University, he met Jeffrey Reiman and assisted with revisions of the fourth edition of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison. He has worked on every edition since then. Dr Leighton received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Justice from American University in 1995. He has been the North American Editor of Critical Criminology: An International Journal, and was named Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology. Dr. Leighton is the co-author of Punishment for Sale (with Donna Selman, 2010) and Class, Race, Gender and Crime (with Gregg Barak and Jeanne Flavin, 2nd edition, 2007). He is also coeditor, with Jeffrey Reiman, of the anthology Criminal Justice Ethics (2001). In addition to his publications, Dr Leighton is webmaster for StopViolence.com, PaulsJusticePage.com and PaulsJusticeBlog.com. He is Vice President of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and is Vice President of the Board of SafeHouse, the local shelter and advocacy center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Readings on Crime Control in Americap. 1
Editor's Introductionp. 1
Why Is Crime Falling-Or Is It?p. 6
High Incarceration Rate May Fuel Community Crimep. 18
From C-Block to Academia: You Can't Get There from Herep. 21
A New Suit by Farmers against the DEA Illustrates Why the War on Drugs Should Not Include a War on Hempp. 37
Readings on A Crime by Any Other Namep. 41
Editors' Introductionp. 41
When Workers Die: U.S. Rarely Seeks Charges for Deaths in Workplacep. 45
The U.K.Ęs "Corporate Manslaughter" Statute: British Versus American Approaches to Making Firms Responsible for Deaths Resulting from Gross Negligencep. 52
The Checklistp. 54
Popcorn Lung Coming to Your Kitchen? The FDA Doesn't Want to Knowp. 62
Death Sentences in Chinese Milk Casep. 67
Readings on...And the Poor Get Prisonp. 69
Editor's Introductionp. 69
Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the NYC Job Marketp. 72
Why It Matters: The Connection of "Driving While Black" to Other Issues of Criminal Justice and Racep. 79
Ebbers' 25 Year Sentence for WorldCom Fraud Upheld. Goodp. 96
A Memo Found in the Street: Uncle Sam the Enablerp. 100
They Warned Us: U.S. Was Told to "Expect Foreclosures, Expect Horror Stories"p. 102
Readings on To the Vanquished Belong the Spoilsp. 105
Editors' Introductionp. 105
Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? Race and the Transformation of Criminal Justicep. 110
The Moral Ambivalence of Crime in an Unjust Societyp. 119
Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishmentp. 136
Wheel of Torturep. 157
Conclusion Readings on Criminal Justice or Criminal Justicep. 164
Editors' Introductionp. 164
Restore Rationality to Sentencing Policyp. 168
Encourage Restorative Justicep. 174
Making Rehabilitation Corrections' Guiding Paradigmp. 180
Save Children from a Life of Crimep. 189
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