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Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis

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Publisher Comments:

Consider the following: Over 1.7 million Americans live in prison, a three hundred percent increase since 1980; In some US cities, one third of all young Black men are in jail, on probation or awaiting trial; In California, spending on prisons has eclipsed allocations for higher education; Starbucks, Jansport and Microsoft all use prison labor to package their products; Corrections Corporations of America, the nation’s largest private jailer, has been dubbed a ‘theme stock for the 90s.’ Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. Written in accessible and vivid prose, Lockdown America will propel readers toward a deeper understanding of the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.

Synopsis:

Lockdown America details the horrors of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the war on drugs. Its accessible, vivid prose links crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.

Synopsis:

An updated edition of the classic examination of the link between crime and politics.

Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. This fully updated and expanded edition includes an afterword on the War on Terror, a meditation on surveillance and the specter of terrorism as they help reanimate the criminal justice attack. Written in vivid prose, Lockdown America will propel readers toward a deeper understanding of the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-281) and index.

About the Author

Christian Parenti is the author of The Soft Cage and The Freedom, and is currently writing a book on Afghanistan. He is a visiting fellow at the CUNY Graduate School’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and his articles appear regularly in The Nation. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859847183
Subtitle:
Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Parenti, Christian
Location:
London ;
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Prisons
Subject:
Imprisonment
Subject:
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Subject:
Discrimination in criminal justice administration.
Subject:
Criminology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 1735
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
298
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology

Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis
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Product details 298 pages Verso - English 9781859847183 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Lockdown America details the horrors of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the war on drugs. Its accessible, vivid prose links crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.
"Synopsis" by , An updated edition of the classic examination of the link between crime and politics.

Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. This fully updated and expanded edition includes an afterword on the War on Terror, a meditation on surveillance and the specter of terrorism as they help reanimate the criminal justice attack. Written in vivid prose, Lockdown America will propel readers toward a deeper understanding of the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.

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