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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, July 1, 2011
This review is from: The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California (Studies in Crime and Public Policy) (Kindle Edition)
This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in understanding why the US has incarcerated more people than all the other industrial nation and has any interest in changing that state of affairs. The book is a superbly well researched and well documented description of the California prison system and how it changed from being one of the most progressive rehabilitation oriented prison systems to one of the most punitive. Responsibility for this change rests largely with the prison guards' union - the CCPOA. Page describes how the union became such a powerful political force that no elected official dares challenge it to the point where the CCPOA determines the legislators' decisions on sentencing and parole policies policies rather than lawyers, judges doctors or academic experts. While the book addresses California and the CCPOA particularly, many of the conclusions are applicable to a more generalized view of prisons systems generally.

In addition to being informative, this book is extraordinarily well written and spell binding. How often can you say that about a doctoral thesis?
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