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Race to Incarcerate Paperback – April 28, 2006
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"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."
"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
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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.
Also, buy this for anyone in your family who says things like "he should be locked up for life"
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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Poor quality binding, the book is bound with wrinkles in the spine. Not the best quality printing job, either. Looks like sloppy 2nds, even though I ordered a Band New book.Published on February 25, 2014 by Linda F. Williams