Power, Politics, and Crime

William J. Chambliss




Westview Pr

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Is crime in America really as bad as the public has been made to believe? Power, Politics, and Crime argues that the current panic over crime has been manufactured by the media, law enforcement bureaucracies, and the private prison industry. It shows how the definition of criminal behavior systematically singles out the inner-city African American. But urban minorities aren't the only victims. Although crime rates have been declining for twenty-five years, vast amounts of money pour into the criminal-justice industrial complex, diverting scarce resources from other social services such as education, social welfare, and health care. While in recent years downsizing has affected almost every segment of the public sector, the criminal justice bureaucracies have seen an unprecedented expansion.

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Other editions: Softcover - 2004, Softcover - 2001, Hardcover - 1997, Softcover - 1997, Softcover - 1997, Hardcover - 1995, Hardcover - 1993, Softcover - 1993, Hardcover - 1992, Hardcover - 1988

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