The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

by Joseph Dillon Davey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275952398

ISBN-13: 9780275952396

Pub. Date: 08/30/1995

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

According to the Justice Department's National Crime Survey, the crime rate in the United States is lower today than it was when Nixon was in the White House. In spite of this, political leaders demand nationwide prison construction as a response to the war on drugs and to accommodate the results of the new three strikes law. At the same time, the gap between rich

Overview

According to the Justice Department's National Crime Survey, the crime rate in the United States is lower today than it was when Nixon was in the White House. In spite of this, political leaders demand nationwide prison construction as a response to the war on drugs and to accommodate the results of the new three strikes law. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever and the needs of the non-disruptive poor are being ignored by the economic and political elites to the point of unprecedented homelessness. The author predicts this widening gap will prompt the return of 1960s-style civil turmoil which will lead to the end of the war on drugs and the emptying of hundreds of thousands of cells so the protesting poor can be plausibly threatened with incarceration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275952396
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Poverty

Urban Riots and the Beginning of the New Social Contract

The Restoration of Order and the Reduction in Social Provision: Poverty in the 1990s

The New Homelessness: The Reagan Legacy

Crime

The Explosion of the Criminal Justice System: The Muscle of the New Social Contract

The F.B.I.'s "Dirty Little Secret": Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The Media and Public Hysteria About Crime

Legal Change

Assault on the Constitution: Penal Code Reforms

Assault on the Constitution: The Death of the Fourth Amendment

The End of the War on Drugs

Conclusion

The New Social Contract

Notes

Index

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