The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison : Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 9

The Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison : Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 9

by Jeffrey Reiman, Paul Leighton
     
 

ISBN-10: 020568842X

ISBN-13: 9780205688425

Pub. Date: 08/12/2009

Publisher: Pearson

This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing.

Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime—poverty, lack of

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This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing.

Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime—poverty, lack of education, and discrimination.

The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor.

NEW: This text now has a companion 25 article reader: The Rich get Richer and the Poor get Prison: A Reader (ISBN: 0-205-68842-X). Visit this book's website for a full table of contents.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205688425
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
08/12/2009
Series:
The Intersections Collection: Custom Resources in Sociology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing

Chapter 1: Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds like Failure

Chapter 2: A Crime by Any Other Name...

Chapter 3: ...and the Poor Get Prison

Chapter 4: To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?

Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice

Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice

Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology

Index

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing

Chapter 1: Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds like Failure

Designed To Fail

Three Excuses That Will Not Wash, Or How We Could Reduce Crime If We Wanted To

Known Sources of Crime

What Works To Reduce Crime

How Crime Pays: Erikson and Durkheim

A Word about Foucault

Chapter 2: A Crime by Any Other Name...

What’s In a Name?

The Carnival Mirror

Criminal Justice as Creative Art

A Crime by Any Other Name...

Chapter 3: ...and the Poor Get Prison

Weeding Out the Wealthy

...And the Poor Get Prison

Chapter 4: To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?

Why Is The Criminal Justice System Failing?

The Poverty of Criminals and the Crime of Poverty

Ideology, Or How to Fool Enough of the People Enough of the Time

Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice

The Crime of Justice

Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America

Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice

Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology

Index

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