The U.S. crime rate has dropped steadily for more than a decade, yet the rate of incarceration continues to skyrocket. Today, more than 2 million Americans are locked in prisons and jails with devastating consequences for poor families and communities, overcrowded institutions and overburdened taxpayers. How did the U.S. become the world’s leader in incarceration? Why have the numbers of women, juveniles, and people of color increased especially rapidly among the imprisoned? The Politics of Injustice: Crime and Punishment in America, Second Edition is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration.is the first book to make widely accessible the new research on crime as a political and cultural issue. Katherine Beckett and Theodore Sasson provide readers with a robust analysis of the roles of crime, politics, media imagery and citizen activism in the making of criminal justice policy in the age of mass incarceration.

Criminal Justice Expansion

Criminal justice expansion

Sabrina Branch, a 10-year-old Baltimore resident, sounds a lot like other children her age. She likes pizza and Cherry Pepsi slushes, playing basketball, and reading Goosebumps mystery books. When she grows up, she would like to be a lawyer or a basketball player. And like a growing number of children, Sabrina's life, described in a recent newspaper article (Kaufman, 1998, p. 10), has been turned upside down by the dramatic growth of the U.S. criminal justice system.1

Sabrina and her three brothers live with their grandmother. Her father, an Army veteran, has been arrested and jailed several times for selling drugs. After his most recent release, he concealed his criminal record and tried to find work. Unsuccessful, he began using drugs ...

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