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This best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, eighth edition, examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish: from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing.
The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor.
As with every edition, this text has been thoroughly revised. Some of the latest revisions include the following:
* Current statistics on criminal and noncriminal harms
* New section at the end of Chapter 1, “A Word about Foucault”
* Also in Chapter 1, a brief comment on Rawls’s theory of justice added to the section on poverty as a known cause of crime
* New appendix, “Between Philosophy and Criminology,” argues that criminology has a special need for philosophical reflection, and states the philosophical assumptions underlying The Rich Get Richer
This book is trash not fit for a fire. This book is terribly flawed and used solely for the purpose of brainwashing students by a liberal professor. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by TJD
I received the book---The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison (8th edition) quickly without delay. I was very happy--great experience. It was quick and easy. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Butterfly
Although this company accidentally sent the wrong book, they ensured that I received a speedy refund and values giving to charities, as they suggested that I give the book they... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Nishaun T. Battle
The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Prison is well worth the reading time. While some of the concepts require time to ponder, and not that I agree with everything, the author,... Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by R. Lee
Book does have a liberal leaning but many of the points can be related to from both sides. It would be better if the book was read alongside another that had a more conservative... Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by J. S. Hoovenbaker
Nothing more than a liberal's oration of finger pointing. The book exudes an overwhelming theme of increased social programs, wealth re-distribution, punishment of the rich, tax... Read morePublished on January 25, 2008 by D. Ryba