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American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment
     

American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment

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by Sasha Abramsky
 

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ISBN-10: 0807042234

ISBN-13: 9780807042236

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: Beacon Press

In this disturbing yet elegant exposé of U.S. penitentiaries and their surrounding communities, Sasha Abramsky shows how American prisons have abandoned their long-held ideal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. After surveying our current state of affairs-life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions for inmates, the growth of private

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In this disturbing yet elegant exposé of U.S. penitentiaries and their surrounding communities, Sasha Abramsky shows how American prisons have abandoned their long-held ideal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. After surveying our current state of affairs-life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions for inmates, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles-Abramsky argues that our punitive policies are not only inhuman but deeply counterproductive. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, American Furies reveals the devastating consequences of a society that believes in "lock 'em up and throw away the key."

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ISBN-13:
9780807042236
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Edition description:
None
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From out of Tartarus     ix
A Mindset Molded
The Holy Experiment     3
A Rising Tide of Violence     23
Using a Sledgehammer to Kill A GNAT     43
Victims, Fundamentalists, and Rant-Radio Hacks     59
Reductio ad Absurdum     73
Populating Bedlam
Open for Business     91
Till the End of Time     107
Storehouses of the Living Dead     129
Adult Time     153
Conclusion: Leviathan Calling     169
Acknowledgments     179
Notes     181
Selected Bibliography     199
Index     207

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American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abramsky's impeccably researched book left me wondering what I can do to help reclaim our country from the prison-industrial complex. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the implications of mass-imprisonment on the future American society.