The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison / Edition 10

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison / Edition 10

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by Jeffrey Reiman, Paul Leighton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205137725

ISBN-13: 9780205137725

Pub. Date: 10/18/2012

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Illustrates the issue of economic inequality within the American justice system. The best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison contends that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish. The authors argue that even before the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing, the system is biased against the poor

Overview

Illustrates the issue of economic inequality within the American justice system. The best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison contends that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish. The authors argue that even before the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing, the system is biased against the poor in what it chooses to treat as crime.

The authors show that numerous acts of the well-off--such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs--cause as much harm as the acts of the poor that are treated as crimes. However, the dangerous acts of the well-off are almost never treated as crimes, and when they are, they are almost never treated as severely as the crimes of the poor. Not only does the criminal justice system fail to protect against the harmful acts of well-off people, it also fails to remedy the causes of crime, such as poverty. This results in a large population of poor criminals in our prisons and in our media. The authors contend that the idea of crime as a work of the poor serves the interests of the rich and powerful while conveying a misleading notion that the real threat to Americans comes from the bottom of society rather than the top.

Learning Goals

  • Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
  • Examine the criminal justice system through the lens of the poor.
  • Understand that much of what goes on in the criminal justice system violates one's own sense of fairness.
  • Morally evaluate the criminal justice system's failures.
  • Identify the type of legislature that is biased against the poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205137725
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/18/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
41,357
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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

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