Race to Incarcerate: The Sentencing Project by Marc Mauer

By Marc Mauer

In this revised version of his seminal publication on race, type, and the felony justice approach, Marc Mauer, govt director of 1 of the U.S.’ prime felony justice reform businesses, deals the main up to date glance to be had at 3 a long time of criminal enlargement in America.

Including newly written fabric on contemporary advancements lower than the Bush management and up-to-date statistics, graphs, and charts all through, the ebook tells the tragic tale of runaway development within the variety of prisons and jails and the overreliance on imprisonment to stem difficulties of financial and social improvement. referred to as “sober and nuanced” by way of Publishers Weekly, Race to Incarcerate records the large monetary and human toll of the “get tricky” move, and argues for extra humane—and productive—alternatives.


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What does it mean to a community, for example, to know that one out of three boys growing up will spend time in prison? What does it do to the fabric of the family and community to have such a substantial proportion of its young men enmeshed in the criminal justice system? What images and values are communicated to young people who see the prisoner as the most prominent or pervasive role model in the community? What is the effect on a community’s political influence when one quarter of the black men in some states cannot vote as a result of a felony conviction?

S. residents were somewhat more likely than average to have been victims of burglary, while somewhat less likely to have suffered a car theft or assault. S. moved to third place in overall incidence of crime (behind England and Wales, and Australia), and only slightly ahead of Sweden and the Netherlands. Figure 2-3 Victimization in Industrialized Nations, 1999 Source: John van Kesteren, Pat Mayhew and Paul Nieuwbeerta, Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands, 2000.

From its Washington base, the Moratorium garnered a fair amount of media attention along with maintaining a presence on Capitol Hill until the mid-1980s. Its appeals for a prison moratorium were based on a combination of arguments—the cost of building prisons was too high, alternatives to incarceration were more appropriate for many offenders, and justice required that prison only be used as a last resort. The viewpoint of the moratorium effort was both hopelessly naive and startlingly prescient.

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