Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison / Edition 8

Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison / Edition 8

by Jeffrey Reiman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0205461727

ISBN-13: 9780205461721

Pub. Date: 07/27/2006

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Description

This best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, eighth edition, 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.

The author argues that actions of well-off people, such

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Description

This best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, eighth edition, 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.

The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as 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.

As with every edition, this text has been thoroughly revised. Some of the latest revisions include the following:

* Current statistics on criminal and noncriminal harms

* New section at the end of Chapter 1, “A Word about Foucault”

* Also in Chapter 1, a brief comment on Rawls’s theory of justice added to the section on poverty as a known cause of crime

* New appendix, “Between Philosophy and Criminology,” argues that criminology has a special need for philosophical reflection, and states the philosophical assumptions underlying The Rich Get Richer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205461721
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
07/27/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.62(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 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

Summary

Study Questions

Additional Readings

Notes

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...

Work May Be Dangerous to Your Health

Health Care May Be Dangerous to Your Health

Waging Chemical Warfare against America

Poverty Kills

Summary

Study Questions

Additional Readings

Notes

Chapter 3

...and the Poor Get Prison

Weeding Out the Wealthy

Arrest and Charging

Adjudication and Conviction

Enron and a Year of Corporate Financial Scandals

Sentencing

The Savings & Loan Scandal

...and the Poor Get Prison

Summary

Study Questions

Additional Readings

Notes

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

The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice

The Bonus of Bias

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

Summary

Study Questions

Additional Readings

Notes

Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice

The Crime of Justice

Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America

Protecting Society

Promoting Justice

Summary

Study Questions

Additional Readings

Notes

Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice

Marxism and Capitalism

Capitalism and Ideology

Ideology and Law

Law and Ethics

Notes

Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology

Philosophical Assumptions of Social Science Generally

The Special Philosophical Needs of Criminology

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Philosophy

Notes

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