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"A tremendously disturbing and important book. . . . The questions that it poses call for answers that too few of those in power have been brave enough to give."
—Jonathan Kozol

"An important book. The numbers tell a shocking story."
The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Insightful. . . . Sheds new light on the relationship between drug use, sales, arrests, and race."
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"Race to Incarcerate explains why prisoners have become commodities and why present policies are draining black communities of their young men."
—Julian Bond, Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors

About the Author

Marc Mauer is executive director of The Sentencing Project. He has served as a consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Institute of Corrections, and the American Bar Association. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area. The Sentencing Project is a national organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes criminal justice reform and the development of alternatives to incarceration.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; Revised Edition edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595580220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595580221
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book came to me a bit by accident, and after reading it I have taken what opportunities I have to tell people about it.

The author analyzes many, many studies relating to the criminal justice system to shed light on why we have so many people in jail, why a disproportionate number of them are minorities, and why this massive rate of incarceration hasn't been as effective as one would think in reducing crime. Reading it, I had many moments where I had to stop and truly digest what was being said. One such moment was Mauer's discussion of how the degree of punitiveness in a community has drastic consequences for how many members of that community end up in jail. For example, if the result of a minor drug offense in Urban City X results in jail time, while the laws of Suburb Y punish that same offense with mandatory drug rehabilitation and/or community service, the Inner City ends up with a seemingly higher crime rate because more people are incarcerated. And that's just one example of the insights in this book.

I will say that the constant reference to statistics can make the book a bit of a slower read. However, Mauer wouldn't be able to make his case without these facts. I think it is important for all citizens to become more aware of what's happening with this, even if the topic of jail seems to have nothing to do with your life. I don't have a background in Criminal Justice, so I don't know if maybe there's a better book for people to read to get informed about the topic. But having read this one, I highly recommend it.
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As a criminology student this is a required book, however I've been recommending it to friends and family. If you want to understand incarceration and it's effects and defects, this is the book for you.

Also, buy this for anyone in your family who says things like "he should be locked up for life"
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On point. Honest. Well researched and bursting with startling facts, that shake fair consciousness like a 800-pound angry gorilla. This is definitely groundbreaking empirical study on the impact of US criminal justice and its mass incarceration correlation.
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Excellent introduction to the American gulag.
This short, yet substantial book should be properly read and taught in 9th grade Civics, esp. in urban schools.
Maybe more white, brown and esp. black boys could avoid the waiting trap, which has been set for them.
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By finny7 on January 28, 2016
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Excellent read that complements Michelle Alexander's New Jim Crow.
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