New Arrivals: Our Punitive Society and Race to Incarcerate

As of 2010 the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated 2,266,800 persons were incarcerated in jails and state and federal prisons with another 4,887,900 on parole and probation.  While that number represents a small decline from previous years the United States continues to lead the world in the amount of people it imprisons.  If you are interesting in exploring this issue further check out these new arrivals to the library’s collection:

From the Publisher: “In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system…Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the over reliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development…”

From the Publisher: “This brand new text identifies the macroeconomic forces relevant to imprisonment—poverty and political powerlessness—and explores viable and humane alternatives to our current incarceration binge.”

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One response to “New Arrivals: Our Punitive Society and Race to Incarcerate

  1. The Mauer book sounds great, I’ll have to check it out!