The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 6

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice / Edition 6

by Jeffrey Reiman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205305571

ISBN-13: 9780205305575

Pub. Date: 07/17/2000

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

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205305575
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/17/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition xi
Acknowledgments for the First Edition xv
About the Author xvi
Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing 1(8)
Abbreviations Used in the Notes 9(1)
Notes to the Introduction 10(2)
Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
12(46)
Designed to Fail
12(9)
Four Excuses That Will Not Wash, or How We Could Reduce Crime If We Wanted To
21(1)
First Excuse: We're Too Soft!
22(1)
Second Excuse: A Cost of Modern Life
23(2)
Third Excuse: Blame It on the Kids!
25(4)
Fourth Excuse: We Just Don't Know What to Do
29(2)
Known Sources of Crime
31(13)
Poverty
32(2)
Prison
34(1)
Guns
35(2)
Drugs
37(7)
What Works to Reduce Crime
44(1)
How Crime Pays: Erikson and Durkheim
45(3)
Summary
48(1)
Study Questions
48(1)
Additional Readings
49(1)
Notes
49(9)
A Crime by Any Other Name...
58(51)
What's in a Name?
58(2)
The Carnival Mirror
60(5)
Criminal Justice as Creative Art
65(3)
A Crime by Any Other Name...
68(11)
Work May Be Dangerous to Your Health
79(6)
Health Care May Be Dangerous to Your Health
85(3)
Waging Chemical Warfare against America
88(6)
Poverty Kills
94(4)
Summary
98(1)
Study Questions
99(1)
Additional Readings
99(1)
Notes
100(9)
...and the Poor Get Prison
109(48)
Weeding out the Wealthy
109(5)
Arrest and Charging
114(10)
Conviction
124(4)
Sentencing
128(14)
...and the Poor Get Prison
142(3)
Summary
145(1)
Study Questions
145(1)
Additional Readings
146(1)
Notes
146(11)
To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?
157(31)
Why Is the Criminal Justice System Failing?
157(6)
The Poverty of Criminals and the Crime of Poverty
163(1)
The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice
164(6)
The Bonus of Bias
170(4)
Ideology, or How to Fool Enough of the People Enough of the Time
174(6)
What Is Ideology?
174(4)
The Need for Ideology
178(2)
Summary
180(1)
Study Questions
180(1)
Additional Readings
181(1)
Notes
181(7)
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice 188(19)
The Crime of Justice
188(2)
Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America
190(1)
Protecting Society
191(6)
Promoting Justice
197(4)
Summary
201(1)
Study Questions
202(1)
Additional Readings
202(1)
Notes
203(4)
Appendix: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice 207(22)
Marxism and Capitalism
209(3)
Capitalism and Ideology
212(3)
Ideology and Law
215(7)
Law and Ethics
222(3)
Notes
225(4)
Index 229

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