The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 19, 2006 - Political Science - 451 pages
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The United States has built a carceral state that is unprecedented among Western countries and in US history. Nearly one in 50 people, excluding children and the elderly, is incarcerated today, a rate unsurpassed anywhere else in the world. What are some of the main political forces that explain this unprecedented reliance on mass imprisonment? Throughout American history, crime and punishment have been central features of American political development. This 2006 book examines the development of four key movements that mediated the construction of the carceral state in important ways: the victims' movement, the women's movement, the prisoners' rights movement, and opponents of the death penalty. This book argues that punitive penal policies were forged by particular social movements and interest groups within the constraints of larger institutional structures and historical developments that distinguish the United States from other Western countries.
  

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Review: The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America (Cambridge Studies in Criminology)

User Review  - Charlene - Goodreads

Excellent info but doesn't relate well to the audience. The New Jim Crow is a much better read. Read full review

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Brilliant academic study of the real social failures of the American incarceration system Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Marie Gottschalk is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in political science from Yale University and an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is the author of The Shadow Welfare State: Labor, Business, and the Politics of Health Care in the United States (Cornell University Press, 2000). She is a a former associate editor of World Policy Journal and a former associate director of the World Policy Institute in New York City.

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