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American furies : crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment

Author: Sasha Abramsky
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons--and its terrible costs. In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance. Surveying this state of affairs -- life  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Internet resources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sasha Abramsky
ISBN: 9780807042229 0807042226 0807042234 9780807042236
OCLC Number: 71507740
Description: xxv, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : From out of Tartarus --
pt. 1. A mindset molded --
ch. 1. The holy experiment --
ch. 2. A rising tide of violence --
ch. 3. Using a sledgehammer to kill a gnat --
ch. 4. Victims, fundamentalists, and rant radio hacks --
ch. 5. Reductio ad absurdum --
ch. 6. Open for business --
ch .7. Till the end of time --
ch. 8. Storehouses of the living dead --
ch. 9. Adult time --
Conclusion : Leviathan calling --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Sasha Abramsky.
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How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons--and its terrible costs. In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance. Surveying this state of affairs -- life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles--Abramsky asks: Does the vengeful impulse ennoble our culture or demean it? California's Three Strikes law typifies the politics that exploit the grief of victims' families and our fears of violent crime. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, AMERICAN FURIES shows that the ehtos of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" has enormous social costs.

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