In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of one of the United States’ leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America.
Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration and updated statistics, graphs, and charts throughout, the book tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the overreliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development. Called “sober and nuanced” by Publishers Weekly, Race to Incarcerate documents the enormous financial and human toll of the “get tough” movement, and argues for more humaneand productivealternatives.
Acknowledgments Preface 1. Introduction: The Race to Incarcerate 2. The Incarceration "Experiment" 3. The Rise of the "Tough on Crime" Movement 4. Crime as Politics 5. The Prison-crime Connection 6. The Limits of the Criminal Justice System on Crime Control 7. African Americans and the Criminal Justice System 8. The War on Drugs and the African American Community 9. What's Class Got to Do with It? 10. "Give the Public What It Wants": Media Images and Crime Policy 11. Unintended Consequences 12. A New Direction for a New Century Index