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Prison State: The Challenge of Mass Incarceration

Prison State: The Challenge of Mass Incarceration

Since the late 1970s, the prison population in America has shot upward to reach a staggering 1.5 million by the end of 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 labor market, Bert Useem and Anne Morrison Piehl use evidence to address the inevitable larger questions: where should incarceration go next for American society, and where is it likely to go?

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Useem, Bert, and Anne Morrison Piehl. 2008. Prison State: The Challenge of Mass Incarceration. New York, NY:Cambridge University Press.

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