Locked in

Locked in

The True Causes of Mass Incarceration--and How to Achieve Real Reform

Book - 2017
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"Pfaff argues that existing accounts of the causes of mass incarceration are fundamentally misguided. The most widely accepted explanations--the failed War on Drugs, draconian sentencing laws, an increasing reliance on private prisons--actually tell us much less than we like to think. Instead, Pfaff urges us to look at other factors, including a major shift in prosecutor behavior that occurred in the mid-1990s, when prosecutors began bringing felony charges against arrestees about twice as often as they had before"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780465096916
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages ; 25 cm


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"Much of what we read attributes mass incarceration to the war on drugs, but this book challenges that assumption by pointing out that even if we released everyone jailed on drug offenses, the U.S. would still have the highest incarceration rate in the world. John Pfaff focuses instead on th... Read More »

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Sep 05, 2017

This book should be "locked up" for mediocre writing and throwing too many stats around. It's a worthy subject, but it seems aimed at academics rather than the average reader, as evidenced by all the data the author, a law professor at Fordham, inundates you with. It's partly meant as a rebuke to "The New Jim Crow," which he thinks simplifies the causes of mass incarceration (racism, the war on drugs). While I appreciate having a different take on the problem, I didn't take away much from this book.


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