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.

Crime in the Media

Crime in the media

Americans have a love-hate relationship with crime. On one hand, we abhor it, decry its apparent increase, and worry about the safety of our loved ones and ourselves. At the same time, we are fascinated with crime—we cannot get enough of it. Indeed, crime-related news stories are among the most widely read, and many of the most popular entertainment shows also focus on crime and violence. Of course, it is difficult to determine whether our enthusiasm for crime stories is a consequence of their ubiquity or whether crime stories are ubiquitous because we so relish them. In either case, crime is one of the most consistent topics covered by the news media, and both news and entertainment programs ...

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