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Caught : the prison state and the lockdown of American politics

Author: Marie Gottschalk
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie Gottschalk
ISBN: 9780691164052 0691164053
OCLC Number: 881469305
Description: xiv, 474 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The prison state and the lockdown of American politics --
Show me the money : the great recession and the great confinement --
Squaring the political circle : the new political economy of the carceral state --
What second chance? : reentry and penal reform --
Caught again : justice reinvestment and recidivism --
Is mass incarceration the "new Jim Crow"? : racial disparities and the carceral state --
What's race got to do with it? : bolstering and challenging the carceral state --
Split verdict : the non, non, nons and the "worst of the worst" --
The new untouchables : the war on sex offenders --
Catch and keep : the criminalization of immigrants --
The prison beyond the prison : the carceral state and growing political and economic inequalities in the United States --
Bring it on : the future of penal reform, the carceral state, and American politics.
Responsibility: Marie Gottschalk.
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"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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"Gottschalk provides a systematic, surprising, and scathing critique of the prison state... Caught may well be the best book on this subject to appear in decades."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Huffington Read more...

 
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