Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice / Edition 3

Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice / Edition 3

by Jeffrey H. Reiman
     
 

What if our 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?

In this best-selling text, the author argues that actions of well-off people, such as the refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of

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What if our 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?

In this best-selling text, the author argues that actions of well-off people, such as the 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 as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these crimes of the well-off are rarely treated as severely as those of the poor. Reiman documents the extent of anti-poor bias in arrest, conviction, and sentencing practices and shows that the bias is conjoined with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime-poverty, lack of education, and discrimination. As a result, the criminal justice system fails to reduce crime. The author uses numerous studies and examples to illustrate his points, and difficult concepts are explained in a non-technical manner. The book provokes thought and discussion, even among people who disagree with its content.

One reviewer describes the text as "one of the most outstanding critiques of the criminal justice process…a book that needed to be written and needs to be published again and again… a text as relevant today as when first published in 1979."

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ISBN-13:
9780023992414
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
11/28/1989
Edition description:
3rd ed
Pages:
240

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
Introduction: Criminal Justice Through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing1
1Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure12
2A Crime by Any Other Name...51
3...and the Poor Get Prison101
4To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War Against Crime?149
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice179
AppThe Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice197
Index219

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