After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction

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Overview

Since the 1970s, Americans have witnessed a pyrrhic war on crime, with sobering numbers at once chilling and cautionary. Our imprisoned population has increased five-fold, with a commensurate spike in fiscal costs that many now see as unsupportable into the future. As American society confronts a multitude of new challenges ranging from terrorism to the disappearance of middle-class jobs to global warming, the war on crime may be up for reconsideration for the first time in a generation or more. Relatively low crime rates indicate that the public mood may be swinging toward declaring victory and moving on.

However, to declare that the war is over is dangerous and inaccurate, and After the War on Crime reveals that the impact of this war reaches far beyond statistics; simply moving on is impossible. The war has been most devastating to those affected by increased rates and longer terms of incarceration, but its reach has also reshaped a sweeping range of social institutions, including law enforcement, politics, schooling, healthcare, and social welfare. The war has also profoundly altered conceptions of race and community.

It is time to consider the tasks reconstruction must tackle. To do so requires first a critical assessment of how this war has remade our society, and then creative thinking about how government, foundations, communities, and activists should respond. After the War on Crime accelerates this reassessment with original essays by a diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars as well as policy professionals and community activists. The volume's immediate goal is to spark a fresh conversation about the war on crime and its consequences; its long-term aspiration is to develop a clear understanding of how we got here and of where we should go.

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Editorial Reviews

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This brave book challenges us, urgently, to rethink crime and punishment for the 21st century. It is not by accident that the U.S. became the world's largest incarcerator in just thirty-five years. After the War on Crime exposes how structural inequalities based on race and class and written into our laws, institutions and everyday practices have blackened our jails and prisons and reproduced segregated communities inside and out.-Susan Tucker,Director, The After Prison Initiative, Open Society Institute

"This thought-provoking book contains 14 essays that explore the far-reaching collateral damages and socioeconomic consequences of tough-on-crime policies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814727614
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,213,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Louise Frampton is Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

Ian Haney López is Professor of Law at Boalt Hall and author of White by Law (NYU Press) and Racism on Trial.

Jonathan Simon is Professor of Law at Boalt Hall and author of Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Crime, War, and Governance
The Place of the Prison in the New Government of Poverty   Loic Wacquant     23
America Doesn't Stop at the Rio Grande: Democracy and the War on Crime   Angelina Snodgrass Godoy     37
From the New Deal to the Crime Deal   Jonathan Simon     48
The Great Penal Experiment: Lessons for Social Justice   Todd R. Clear     61
A War-Torn Country: Race, Community, and Politics
The Code of the Streets   Elijah Anderson     73
The Contemporary Penal Subject(s)   Mona Lynch     89
The Punitive City Revisited: The Transformation of Urban Social Control   Katherine Beckett   Steve Herbert     106
Frightening Citizens and a Pedagogy of Violence   William Lyons     123
A New Reconstruction
Smart on Crime   Kamala D. Harris     145
Rebelling against the War on Low-Income, of Color, and Immigrant Communities   Gerald P. Lopez     151
Of Taints and Time: The Racial Origins and Effects of Florida's Felony Disenfranchisement Law   Jessie Allen     166
The Politics of the War against the Young   Barry Krisberg     187
Transformative Justice and the Dismantling of Slavery's Legacy in Post-ModernAmerica   Mary Louise Frampton     207
Afterword: Strategies of Resistance   Van Jones     223
Contributors     229
Index     231
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