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The rich get richer and the poor get prison : ideology, class, and criminal justice

Author: Jeffrey H Reiman; Paul Leighton
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Pearson, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 10th edView all editions and formats
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This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing. Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime-poverty, lack of education, and discrimination. The author argues that actions of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey H Reiman; Paul Leighton
ISBN: 9780205688425 020568842X
OCLC Number: 871504156
Description: xxvi, 271 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Criminal justice through the looking glass, or winning by losing --
Crime control in America : nothing succeeds like failure --
A crime by any other name ... --
... And the poor get prison --
To the vanquished belong the spoils : who is winning the losing war against crime? --
Criminal justice or criminal justice --
Appendix I : The Marxian critique of criminal justice --
Appendix II : Between philosophy and criminology.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Reiman, Paul Leighton.

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This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing. Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime-poverty, lack of education, and discrimination. The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor.--Résumé de l'éditeur.

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