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Mary E. Vogel

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ISBN 10: 0415382696 / ISBN 13: 9780415382694
Published by Routledge, 2007
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Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2007

Book Condition:Very Good

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Why has crime dropped while imprisonment grows? This well-edited volume of ground-breaking articles explores criminal justice policy in light of recent research on changing patterns of crime and criminal careers.

Highlighting the role of conservative social and political theory in giving rise to criminal justice policies, this innovative book focuses on such policies as ‘three strikes (two in the UK) and you’re out’, mandatory sentencing and widespread incarceration of drug offenders. It highlights the costs - in both money and opportunity - of increased prison expansion and explores factors such as:

  • labour market dynamics
  • the rise of a ‘prison industry’
  • the boost prisons provide to economies of underdeveloped regions
  • the spreading political disenfranchisement of the disadvantaged it has produced.

Throughout this book, hard facts and figures are accompanied by the faces and voices of the individuals and families whose lives hang in the balance. This volume, an essential resource for students, policy makers and researchers of criminology, criminal justice, social policy and criminal law, uses a compelling inter-play of theoretical works and powerful empirical research to present vivid portraits of individual life experiences.

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This thoughtful collection of classic and contemporary readings reflects on contemporary U.S. criminal justice policy, entertains competing ideas about crime, and considers specific dilemmas of democracy and then proposes ways for the reader to consider these issues.

Through the works of well-known scholars such as James Gilligan, Robert Sampson, and Alfred Blumstein, this reader compares welfarist and retributive approaches to crime, using the cases of social democratic countries versus the United States. By combining statistical analysis with ethnographic works, this collection enables the reader to recognize the actual people who comprise the statistics.

Crime, Inequality, and the State:

  • Offers critical reflection on American criminal justice policy.
  • Includes competing perspectives and approaches to understanding the causes of crime.
  • Challenges the legitimatization of law and political authority in a diverse society with low political participation.
  • Presents alternatives to current systems.
  • Explores the paradox of expanding crime, evident through a massive prison expansion, and falling crime rates from 1993-2000.
  • Addresses the criminalization of behavior in a diverse society where social groups hold different norms.
  • Discusses the idea that societies approach social ordering either through policing and policies of social control or through social welfare.
  • Considers the argument that different societies respond differently to the inequalities within them.
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