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Punishment and inequality in America

Author: Bruce Western
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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Over the last thirty years, the prison population in the United States has increased more than sevenfold to over two million people, including vastly disproportionate numbers of minorities and people with little education. For some racial and educational groups, incarceration has become a depressingly regular experience, and prison culture and influence pervade their communities. Almost 60 percent of black male high  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Western
OCLC Number: 190775095
Notes: Originally published: New York : Russell Sage Foundation, ©2006.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Scope and causes of the prison boom: Mass imprisonment / with Becky Petit; Inequality, crime, and the prison boom; Politics and economics of punitive criminal justice --
Consequences of mass imprisonment: Invisible inequality; Labor market after prison; Incarceration, marriage, and family life / with Leonard Lopoo; Did the prison boom cause the crime drop? --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Bruce Western.

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Over the last thirty years, the prison population in the United States has increased more than sevenfold to over two million people, including vastly disproportionate numbers of minorities and people with little education. For some racial and educational groups, incarceration has become a depressingly regular experience, and prison culture and influence pervade their communities. Almost 60 percent of black male high school dropouts in their early thirties have spent time in prison. In [this book, the author] explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought. [The book] dispels many of the myths about the relationships among crime, imprisonment, and inequality. [It] reveals a strong relationship between incarceration and severely dampened economic prospects for former inmates. The recent explosion of imprisonment is exacting heavy costs on American society and exacerbating inequality. Whereas college or the military were once the formative institutions in young men's lives, prison has increasingly usurped that role in many communities. [Again, the book] profiles how the growth in incarceration came about and the toll it is taking on the social and economic fabric of many American communities.-Dust jacket.

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