THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET PRISON is an inquiry into the failure of the American criminal justice system--its causes, mechanisms, and moral implications. What interests are served by the failure of the American criminal justice system? The author attempts to identify the reasons for the failure of the American criminal justice system and why the failure is allowed to persist. In examining the ideology and economic bias inherent in the criminal justice system - from the definition of crime to the treatment of criminals - the author offers a wide-ranging, empirically based analysis of many important topics, including patterns of enforcement and imprisonment and the dangers of "non-criminal" acts ignored by the criminal justice system. He concludes that for those with wealth and power in America, the failure of criminal justice is a success. The book ends with a discussion of the moral implications of criminal justice policy and with provocative recommendations for dealing with the problems raised.
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