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Mass Incarceration On Trial

Author : Jonathan Simon
ISBN : 1620972549
Genre : Law
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In this "impassioned plea for human dignity” (Kirkus Reviews) Jonathan Simon--called "one of the outstanding criminologists of his generation” by Nikolas Rose of the London School of Economics--charts a surprising path to end mass incarceration in America. Using the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Plata on overcrowding in California prisons as his starting point, Simon suggests that incarcerating people on a "mass” scale simply cannot be accomplished in comportment with the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. In an argument that the Los Angeles Review of Books calls "unique,” Simon contends that because we cannot offer meaningful health care, mental health care, or safe and reasonable prison conditions when prisons are run at many times their maximum capacity, "mass incarceration is fundamentally incompatible with humane treatment.” Todd Clear, former dean of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, calls Mass Incarceration on Trial "highly readable, stunning,” Slate says the book "could mark the beginning of a new era in American jurisprudence,” and David Cole in the New York Review of Books calls Simon’s work a "sign of the new optimism about criminal justice reform.”

Mass Incarceration On Trial

Author : Jonathan Simon
ISBN : 9781595587923
Genre : Law
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Once the home of the most progressive prison system in the United States, California has now become the most extreme example of mass incarceration since the 1980s. In this inspired and original work, prize-winning criminal justice author Jonathan Simon argues that California provides a crucial window for learning what has gone wrong with American justice. The Supreme Court's recent 5-4 ruling in the landmark Brown v. Plata case, a culmination of more than twenty years of litigation about medical and mental health care in California's massive prison system, guarantees that Californi.

Mass Incarceration On Trial

Author : Jonathan Simon
ISBN : 9781595587695
Genre : Law
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For nearly 40 years the United States has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. Our prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading. Mass Incarceration on Trial examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditions that has opened an unexpected escape route from this trap of tough on crime' politics. This set of rulings points toward values that could restore legitimate order to American prisons and lead to the end of mass incarceration.'

Governing Through Crime

Author : Jonathan Simon
ISBN : 0198040024
Genre : History
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Across America today gated communities sprawl out from urban centers, employers enforce mandatory drug testing, and schools screen students with metal detectors. Social problems ranging from welfare dependency to educational inequality have been reconceptualized as crimes, with an attendant focus on assigning fault and imposing consequences. Even before the recent terrorist attacks, non-citizen residents had become subject to an increasingly harsh regime of detention and deportation, and prospective employees subjected to background checks. How and when did our everyday world become dominated by fear, every citizen treated as a potential criminal? In this startlingly original work, Jonathan Simon traces this pattern back to the collapse of the New Deal approach to governing during the 1960s when declining confidence in expert-guided government policies sent political leaders searching for new models of governance. The War on Crime offered a ready solution to their problem: politicians set agendas by drawing analogies to crime and redefined the ideal citizen as a crime victim, one whose vulnerabilities opened the door to overweening government intervention. By the 1980s, this transformation of the core powers of government had spilled over into the institutions that govern daily life. Soon our schools, our families, our workplaces, and our residential communities were being governed through crime. This powerful work concludes with a call for passive citizens to become engaged partners in the management of risk and the treatment of social ills. Only by coming together to produce security, can we free ourselves from a logic of domination by others, and from the fear that currently rules our everyday life.

A Plague Of Prisons

Author : Ernest Drucker
ISBN : 9781595589538
Genre : Law
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When Dr. John Snow first traced an outbreak of cholera to a water pump in the Soho district of London in 1854, the field of epidemiology was born. Ernest Drucker’s A Plague of Prisons takes the same concepts and tools of public health that have successfully tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis, and AIDS to make the case that our current unprecedented level of imprisonment has become an epidemic. Drucker passionately argues that imprisonment—originally conceived as a response to the crimes of individuals—has become mass incarceration: a destabilizing force, a plague upon our body politic, that undermines families and communities, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. Described as a “towering achievement” (Ira Glasser) and “the clearest and most intelligible case for a reevaluation of how we view incarceration” (Spectrum Culture), A Plague of Prisons offers a cutting-edge perspective on criminal justice in twenty-first-century America that “could help to shame the U.S. public into demanding remedial action” (The Lancet).

From The War On Poverty To The War On Crime

Author : Elizabeth Hinton
ISBN : 9780674737235
Genre : History
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How did the land of the free become the home of the world’s largest prison system? Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: not the War on Drugs of the Reagan administration but the War on Crime that began during Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.

Explaining U S Imprisonment

Author : Mary Bosworth
ISBN : 9781412924863
Genre : Social Science
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Explaining U.S. Imprisonment builds on and extends some of the contemporary issues of women in prison, minorities, and the historical path to modern prisons as well as the social influences on prison reform.

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