Caught

Caught

The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
"The huge prison buildup of the past four decades has few defenders today, yet reforms to reduce the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons have been remarkably modest. Meanwhile, a carceral state has sprouted in the shadows of mass imprisonment, extending its reach far beyond the prison gate. It includes not only the country's vast archipelago of jails and prisons but also the growing range of penal punishments and controls that lie in the never-never land between prison and full citizenship, from probation and parole to immigrant detention, felon disenfranchisement, and extensive lifetime restrictions on sex offenders. As it sunders families and communities and reworks conceptions of democracy, rights, and citizenship, this ever-widening carceral state poses a formidable political and social challenge.In this book, Marie Gottschalk examines why the carceral state, with its growing number of outcasts, remains so tenacious in the United States. She analyzes the shortcomings of the two dominant penal reform strategies--one focused on addressing racial disparities, the other on seeking bipartisan, race-neutral solutions centered on reentry, justice reinvestment, and reducing recidivism.In this bracing appraisal of the politics of penal reform, Gottschalk exposes the broader pathologies in American politics that are preventing the country from solving its most pressing problems, including the stranglehold that neoliberalism exerts on public policy. She concludes by sketching out a promising alternative path to begin dismantling the carceral state"--

Princeton University Press

The huge prison buildup of the past four decades has few defenders today, yet reforms to reduce the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons have been remarkably modest. Meanwhile, a carceral state has sprouted in the shadows of mass imprisonment, extending its reach far beyond the prison gate. It includes not only the country's vast archipelago of jails and prisons but also the growing range of penal punishments and controls that lie in the never-never land between prison and full citizenship, from probation and parole to immigrant detention, felon disenfranchisement, and extensive lifetime restrictions on sex offenders. As it sunders families and communities and reworks conceptions of democracy, rights, and citizenship, this ever-widening carceral state poses a formidable political and social challenge.

In this book, Marie Gottschalk examines why the carceral state, with its growing number of outcasts, remains so tenacious in the United States. She analyzes the shortcomings of the two dominant penal reform strategies--one focused on addressing racial disparities, the other on seeking bipartisan, race-neutral solutions centered on reentry, justice reinvestment, and reducing recidivism.

In this bracing appraisal of the politics of penal reform, Gottschalk exposes the broader pathologies in American politics that are preventing the country from solving its most pressing problems, including the stranglehold that neoliberalism exerts on public policy. She concludes by sketching out a promising alternative path to begin dismantling the carceral state.



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Author Gottschalk is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. Here, she examines the political economy of what she calls the ‘carceral state,’ which includes not just prisons and jails, but probation, immigration detention, and other restrictions on offenders. She analyzes the political ideologies and policies that have allowed the carceral state to grow to massive proportions, especially since the recession of 2008. Expanding the ideas of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Gottschalk looks at racism and other underlying political, economic, and social factors that sustain punitive policies against all ethnic minorities and various groups of whites as well. She critiques the major approaches to prison reform and why they don’t work, then presents recommendations for reform. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780691164052
Branch Call Number: 365.973 GOT
Characteristics: xiv, 474 p. ;,25 cm.

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