Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time

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Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time by James Kilgore

We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world’s largest jailer: the United States.

Drawing on a growing body of academic and professional work, Understanding Mass Incarceration describes in plain English the many competing theories of criminal justice—from rehabilitation to retribution, from restorative justice to justice reinvestment. In a lively and accessible style, author James Kilgore illuminates the difference between prisons and jails, probation and parole, laying out key concepts and policies such as the War on Drugs, broken windows policing, three-strikes sentencing, the school-to-prison pipeline, recidivism, and prison privatization. Informed by the crucial lenses of race and gender, he addresses issues typically omitted from the discussion: the rapidly increasing incarceration of women, Latinos, and transgender people; the growing imprisonment of immigrants; and the devastating impact of mass incarceration on communities.

Both field guide and primer, Understanding Mass Incarceration will be an essential resource for those engaged in criminal justice activism as well as those new to the subject.

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ISBN-13: 9781620970676
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 633,482
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James Kilgore is a formerly incarcerated person who currently teaches in the Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the author of a number of novels and an educational text about Zimbabwe. He lives with his family in Champaign, Illinois.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives you background knowledge necessary in order to start understanding the current situation of the youth of color in schools and their victimization through the Academic system. We all need to take responsibility and need to found a system of incarceration that gives the prisoners an opportunity to become good members of society and not allow people to have to go back to prison because they were unable to adapt bck to life. A lot of untold truths in this book. A pleasure to read.