The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice / Edition 5

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice / Edition 5

by Jeffrey H. Reiman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205264875

ISBN-13: 9780205264872

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205264872
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Deviance and Criminology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication vi(1)
Preface vii
Introduction: Criminal Justice Through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing 1(11)
Abbreviations Used in the Notes 9(1)
Notes to the Introduction 10(2)
1. Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
12(39)
Designed to Fail
12(6)
Four Excuses That Will Not Wash, Or How We Could Reduce Crime If We Wanted To
18(22)
First Excuse: We're Too Soft
19(1)
Second Excuse: A Cost of Modern Life
20(3)
Third Excuse: Blame It on the Kids!
23(3)
Fourth Excuse: We Just Don't Know What to Do
26(3)
Known Sources of Crime
29(11)
How Crime Pays: Erikson and Durkheim
40(2)
Summary
42(1)
Study Questions
43(1)
Additional Readings
43(1)
Notes
44(7)
2. A Crime by Any Other Name
51(50)
What's in a Name?
51(2)
The Carnival Mirror
53(5)
Criminal Justice as Creative Art
58(3)
A Crime by Any Other Name
61(29)
Work May Be Dangerous to Your Health
71(7)
Health Care May Be Dangerous to Your Health
78(3)
Waging Chemical Warfare Against America
81(6)
Poverty Kills
87(3)
Summary
90(1)
Study Questions
91(1)
Additional Readings
91(1)
Notes
92(9)
3. ...and the Poor Get Prison
101(48)
Weeding Out the Wealthy
101(28)
Arrest and Charging
106(10)
Conviction
116(3)
Sentencing
119(10)
... and the Poor Get Prison
129(7)
Summary
136(1)
Study Questions
137(1)
Additional Readings
137(1)
Notes
138(11)
4. To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War Against Crime?
149(30)
Why Is the Criminal Justice System Failing?
149(6)
The Poverty of Criminals and the Crime of Poverty
155(10)
The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice
156(6)
The Bonus of Bias
162(3)
Ideology, or How to Fool Enough of the People Enough of the Time
165(6)
What Is Ideology?
165(4)
The Need for Ideology
169(2)
Summary
171(1)
Study Questions
172(1)
Additional Readings
172(1)
Notes
173(6)
CONCLUSION: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice
179(18)
The Crime of Justice
179(2)
Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America
181(11)
Protecting Society
182(6)
Promoting Justice
188(4)
Summary
192(1)
Study Questions
192(1)
Additional Readings
193(1)
Notes
193(4)
Appendix: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice
197(22)
Marxism and Capitalism
199(3)
Capitalism and Ideology
202(3)
Ideology and Law
205(7)
Law and Ethics
212(3)
Notes
215(4)
Index 219

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