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Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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—Marc Mauer, executive director, The Sentencing Project, and author of Race to Incarcerate
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But I mean, it gets points for being a relatively easy read.
author of Prison as Punishment
Mass incarceration has become panacea for all crime related illnesses in America. Prisons lose their rehabilitation status, turning into human warehouses storing people as objects that have lost all their value for the government.
Jonathan Simon in his study of mass incarceration writes that the society and then government views on crime and crime prevention toward incapacitation changed their views on prisons significantly only recently. On an example of California, Simon shows how a state with moderately small amount of prisons during only two decades had made a big step forward to a prison state, where “more than twenty new prisons [were built] during 1980s and 1990s”. The state abandoned all rehabilitation programs for prisoners, adapted new harsh sentensing laws, made parole impossible, with the only solution in mind – incarceration. The newly builded prisons couldn’t catch up with the number of newly convicted, who received long sentences even for smaller crimes. It had led to overcrowding in prisons, that itself had become the source of another issue for prison inmates. The conditions of their imprisonment worsened. While the official theory was that prisons are safe for those who are unsafe to society, in real life prisoners suffered from absence of elemental medical treatment. The prisons became places of torture tucked away from our eyes.Read more ›
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It gives the standards by which we must confront the fate of prisoners in the California system. It is a hellish dystopia that needs desperate changes.Published 6 months ago by nadin abbott
Great book for the price! Excellent condition and arrived as expected.Published 9 months ago by Ronda H.
outstanding review of the genesis of mass incarceration and the court rulings attempting to rectify the breaches of the 8th amendment in California.Published 14 months ago by Janet Mohle-Boetani