Harm in American Penology / Edition 1

Harm in American Penology / Edition 1

by Todd R. Clear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791421740

ISBN-13: 9780791421741

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book analyzes the sources and results of the fourfold increase in the U.S. correctional population since 1970. It considers the following themes: the value of punitiveness, defined as penal harm; research on crime and criminals; concerns about victims of crime; and concerns about community safety. It also analyzes the relationship between social problems

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Overview

This book analyzes the sources and results of the fourfold increase in the U.S. correctional population since 1970. It considers the following themes: the value of punitiveness, defined as penal harm; research on crime and criminals; concerns about victims of crime; and concerns about community safety. It also analyzes the relationship between social problems and penal harm, such as poverty and crime during the twenty-year period of correctional expansion.

The author argues that a careful review of proposals for expanded penal harm cannot be justified. The growth in corrections was not caused by crime nor has it reduced crime. Clear describes a new strategy for corrections based on his examination of the politics of social control and the growth in penal harm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791421741
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Series in New Directions in Crime and Justice
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acknowledgments

Preface

1. Penal Harm and Its Justifications

2. The Great Punishment Experiment

3. Penal Science

4. Victims and Punishment

5. Community Protection

6. Reducing Penal Harm

Notes

References

Name Index

Subject Index

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