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Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment Paperback – February 6, 2015
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Masterfully interrogates the economic logics that underpin our America’s massive penal crisis in the wake of the Great Recession. Aviram offers a wonderfully rich analysis of the emerging cheap on crime’ ethos.” Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society and Law, University of California, Irvine
A groundbreaking analysis of the new rationality of fiscal austerity that will probably dominate the penal field in the years to come.”Alessandro De Giorgi, Associate Professor of Justice Studies, San Jose State University, and author of Re-thinking the Political Economy of Punishment: Perspectives on Post-Fordism and Penal Politics
The 2007 financial crisis imposed new realities on American crime policywidespread realization that we cannot buy our way to safety though ever-tougher sentences. Aviram coins the term humonetarianism to capture the twin impulses that animate this development: humanitarian concerns with justice, coupled with hard-nosed neo-liberal concerns with money. This odd couple of concerns has made substantial inroads. Cost-based opposition to the death penalty is at an all-time high, and in some states the most draconian sentencing laws have been softened. This is a hard-headed analysis that explores these new trends and their consequences. It is must reading for anyone interested in the criminal law and crime policythat is, all informed citizens.”Malcolm Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Dean’s Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
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