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The numbers are staggering: One-third of Americas adult population has passed through the criminal justice system and now has a criminal record. Many more were never convicted, but are nonetheless subject to surveillance by the state. Never before has the American government maintained so vast a network of institutions dedicated solely to the control and confinement of its citizens.

 

A provocative assessment of the contemporary carceral state for American democracy, Arresting Citizenship argues that the broad reach of the criminal justice system has fundamentally recast the relation between citizen and state, resulting in a sizable—and growing—group of second-class citizens. From police stops to court cases and incarceration, at each stage of the criminal justice system individuals belonging to this disempowered group come to experience a state-within-a-state that reflects few of the countrys core democratic values. Through scores of interviews, along with analyses of survey data, Amy E. Lerman and Vesla M. Weaver show how this contact with police, courts, and prisons decreases faith in the capacity of American political institutions to respond to citizens concerns and diminishes the sense of full and equal citizenship—even for those who have not been found guilty of any crime. The effects of this increasingly frequent contact with the criminal justice system are wide-ranging—and pernicious—and Lerman and Weaver go on to offer concrete proposals for reforms to reincorporate this large group of citizens as active participants in American civic and political life.

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Never before has American government exhibited so vast a network of institutions dedicated to the control, confinement and supervision of its citizens. This book is one of the first to probe the consequences of this carceral state for citizenship, civil society, and democracy. Policing Democracy argues that the growth and reach of the criminal justice system has fundamentally recast the citizen-state relationship, resulting in a sizable and growing American civic underclass. Today, at each stage of criminal justice—from police stops to court adjudication to incarceration—citizens in this underclass have come to experience a state-within-a state that reflects few of this countrys core democratic values. Through scores of interviews, along with analyses of large-scale surveys, the authors demonstrates how contact with police, courts, prisons, and jails produces a “carceral lifeworld”— characterized by decreased trust in political institutions, a reduced faith that the state will respond to the will of the people, and a diminished sense of standing and citizenship. 

About the Author

Amy E. Lerman is assistant professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Modern Prison Paradox.
Vesla M. Weaver is assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She is coauthor of Creating a New Racial Order.

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ISBN:
9780226137834
Author:
Lerman, Amy E.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Weaver, Vesla M.
Subject:
Politics - General
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Studies in American Politics
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 figures, 5 tables
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics

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Never before has American government exhibited so vast a network of institutions dedicated to the control, confinement and supervision of its citizens. This book is one of the first to probe the consequences of this carceral state for citizenship, civil society, and democracy. Policing Democracy argues that the growth and reach of the criminal justice system has fundamentally recast the citizen-state relationship, resulting in a sizable and growing American civic underclass. Today, at each stage of criminal justice—from police stops to court adjudication to incarceration—citizens in this underclass have come to experience a state-within-a state that reflects few of this countrys core democratic values. Through scores of interviews, along with analyses of large-scale surveys, the authors demonstrates how contact with police, courts, prisons, and jails produces a “carceral lifeworld”— characterized by decreased trust in political institutions, a reduced faith that the state will respond to the will of the people, and a diminished sense of standing and citizenship. 
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