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Imprisoning communities : how mass incarceration makes disadvantaged neighborhoods worse

Author: Todd R Clear
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010, ©2007.
Series: Studies in crime and public policy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the effects of mass incarceration on poor neighborhoods and demonstrates that in high doses incarceration contributes to the very social problems it is intended to solve. It breaks up family and social networks; deprives siblings, spouses, and parents of emotional and financial support; and threatens the economic and political infrastructure of already struggling neighborhoods. Especially at risk  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Todd R Clear
ISBN: 9780195305791 0195305795
OCLC Number: 1081071143
Description: xv, 255 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: The problem of concentrated incarceration --
Incarceration and crime --
The problem of mass incarceration concentrated in poor places --
Communities, coercive mobility, and public safety --
Death by a thousand little cuts : studies of the impact of incarceration --
In their own voices : people in high-incarceration communities talk about the impact of incarceration --
The impact of incarceration on community safety --
Dealing with concentrated incarceration : the case for community justice --
Appendix: Imagining a stragegy of community justice.
Series Title: Studies in crime and public policy.
Responsibility: Todd R. Clear.

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This book explores the effects of mass incarceration on poor neighborhoods and demonstrates that in high doses incarceration contributes to the very social problems it is intended to solve. It breaks up family and social networks; deprives siblings, spouses, and parents of emotional and financial support; and threatens the economic and political infrastructure of already struggling neighborhoods. Especially at risk are children who, research shows, are more likely to commit a crime if a father or brother has been to prison. It shows that when incarceration concentrates at high levels, crime rates in that place will go up. Removal, in other words, has exactly the opposite of its intended effect : it destabilizes the community, thus further reducing public safety.

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