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Addicted to incarceration : corrections policy and the politics of misinformation in the United States

Author: Travis C Pratt
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : SAGE Publications, Inc., [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This text explores the consequences of America's "addiction to incarceration," highlighting the scope of the issue, the nature of the political discussions surrounding criminal justice policy in general and corrections policy in particular, and the complex social cost of incarceration, this book takes an incisive look at the approach to corrections in the United States.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Travis C Pratt
ISBN: 9781544308050 1544308051
OCLC Number: 1035321621
Description: xv, 142 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Travis C. Pratt, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute.

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This text explores the consequences of America's "addiction to incarceration," highlighting the scope of the issue, the nature of the political discussions surrounding criminal justice policy in general and corrections policy in particular, and the complex social cost of incarceration, this book takes an incisive look at the approach to corrections in the United States.

The second edition demonstates that the United States' addiction to incarceration has been fueled by American citizens' opinions about crime and punishment, the effectiveness of incarceration as a means of social control, and perhaps most important, by policies legitimized by faulty information. Analyzing crime policies as they relate to crime rates and society's ability to both lower the crime rate and address the role of incarceration in preventing future crime, the book shows students how ineffective the rush to incarcerate has been in the last decade and offers recommendations and insights to navigate this significant problem going forward.

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"Few texts are willing to interrogate the phenomena of mass incarceration on such a personal scale."--Ed Bowman "This text is an excellent resource to any instructor that wants to engage the Read more...

 
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