The Challenge of Mass Incarceration
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Prison State by Bert Useem
Book DescriptionDuring the past 25 years, the prison population in America shot upward to reach a staggering 1.53 million by 2005. This book takes a broad, critical look at incarceration, the huge social experiment of American society. The authors investigate the causes and consequences of the prison buildup, often challenging previously held notions from scholarly and public discourse. By examining such themes as social discontent, safety and security within prisons, and the impact on crime and on the labour market, Piehl and Useem use evidence to address the inevitable larger question, where should incarceration go next for American society, and where is it likely to go?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521713399
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bert Useem
Prison State, Hardback (March 2008)
This book examines the recent prison buildup and its impact on American society.
States of Siege, Paperback (September 1991)» View all books by Bert Useem
The most extensive and detailed work yet written on the subject, this book examines case studies of recent prison riots in five states, explaining the occurrence and variations of riots as a reflection of the administrative breakdown of the prison system within a changing ideological context.
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Author Biography - Bert Useem
Bert Useem is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University, Indiana. He previously taught sociology at University of New Mexico and was Director of the Institute for Social Research there. He is author of Resolution of Prison Riots: Strategy and Policies (with Camille Camp and George Camp, 1996) and States of Siege: US Prison Riots, 1971-1986 (with Peter A. Kimball, 1989). Anne Morrison Piehl is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University, New Jersey and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She previously taught public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Massachusetts. She has been published widely in journals in economics, law, criminology, sociology, and public policy.
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