Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time


Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time Author James Kilgore
ISBN-10 1620970678
ISBN-13 9781620970676
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher The New Press
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We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow but how much do we actually know about the structure goals and impact of our criminal justice system Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the worlds largest jailer the United States Drawing on a growing body of academic and professional work Understanding Mass Incarceration describes in plain English the many competing theories of criminal justicefrom rehabilitation to retribution from restorative justice to justice reinvestment In a lively and accessible style author James Kilgore illuminates the difference between prisons and jails probation and parole laying out key concepts and policies such as the War on Drugs broken windows policing three strikes sentencing the school to prison pipeline recidivism and prison privatization Informed by the crucial lenses of race and gender he addresses issues typically omitted from the discussion the rapidly increasing incarceration of women Latinos and transgender people the growing imprisonment of immigrants and the devastating impact of mass incarceration on communities Both field guide and primer Understanding Mass Incarceration will be an essential resource for those engaged in criminal justice activism as well as those new to the subject

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