The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 7

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 7

by Jeffrey Reiman
     
 

In this text, the author argues that actions of well-off people, such as the refusal to make workplaces safer, 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… See more details below

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In this text, the author argues that actions of well-off people, such as the refusal to make workplaces safer, 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205386642
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
07/09/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.35(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing1
Abbreviations Used in the Notes9
Notes10
1Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure11
2A Crime by Any Other Name55
3...and the Poor Get Prison103
4To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?157
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice186
AppThe Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice203
Index223

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