In America today, one in every hundred adults is behind bars. As our prison population has exploded, 'law and order' interest groups have also grown in numbers and political clout. In The Toughest Beat, Joshua Page argues in crisp, vivid prose that the Golden State's prison boom fueled the rise of one of the most politically potent and feared interest groups in the nation: the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). As it made great strides for its members, the prison officers' union also fundamentally altered the composition and orientation of the penal field. The Toughest Beat is essential reading for anyone concerned with contemporary crime and punishment, interest group politics, and public sector labor unions.
About the Author
Joshua Page was born and raised in Southern California. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. Page is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Letta Wren and two dogs.
Table of Contents
1. Welcome to the "Toughest Beat"
2. The Birth of the "Correctional Officer" and His Union
3. A Politically Realistic Union
4. Power by Proxy: The Strategic Alliance Between Prison Officers and Crime Victims
5. Three Strikes and the Anchor of Punitive Segregation
6. Monopolizing the Beat: The Fight against Prison Privatization
7. Who Rules the Beat? The Battle over Managerial Rights
8. Changing of the Guard: A New Direction for the CCPOA and California?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is highly recommended. Well-researched, unbiased, fascinating historical account of the California Correctional Peace Officers Union (aka prison guards union). A must read for prison activists, correctional officers, prisoners, legislators, academics, victim advocates, and others who are interested in California politics and criminal justice.
This book is a MUST READ for all! Joshua Page left no stone unturned in his remarkable study of the of the California Correctional Peace Officers' Association (aka the prison guard's union) and its phenomenal influence in California politics. The book presents a seamless timeline representing how the continuing efforts of only a few people dedicated to a personal cause have impacted virtually every person in the state of California and set a precedent for political influence in society that has been followed across the globe. The result - a continuing inflation of incarceration rates and the inevitable quagmire of economic instability that accompanied it. A great educational tool and guideline for anyone attempting to assert their own influence in politics.