Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system /

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Author / Creator:Lynch, Michael J.
Imprint:New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2007.
Description:1 online resource (xii, 257 pages) : illustrations.
Language:English
Series:Critical issues in crime and society
Critical issues in crime and society.
Subject:Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States.
Imprisonment -- United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States.
Criminals.
Criminal Law.
Réhabilitation -- États-Unis.
Emprisonnement -- États-Unis.
Justice pénale -- Administration -- États-Unis.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Penology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Penology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Criminology.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Criminals -- Rehabilitation.
Imprisonment.
Kriminalpolitik
Strafvollzug
Kriminalpolitik
Strafvollzug
Social Welfare & Social Work.
Social Sciences.
Criminology, Penology & Juvenile Delinquency.
United States.
United States.
USA.
USA.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11159020
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ISBN:9780813541402
0813541409
9780813541853
9780813541860
0813541859
0813541867
Digital file characteristics:text file
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-251) and index.
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Summary:"The American prison system has grown tenfold since the 1970s, but crime rates in the United States have not decreased. This doesn't surprise Michael J. Lynch, a critical criminologist, who argues that our oversized prison system is a product of our consumer culture, the public's inaccurate beliefs about controlling crime, and the government's criminalizing of the poor. While deterrence and incapacitation theories suggest that imprisoning more criminals and punishing them leads to a reduction in crime, case studies, such as one focusing on the New York City jail system between 1993 and 2003, show that a reduction in crime is unrelated to the size of jail populations. Although we are locking away more people, Lynch explains that we are not targeting the worst offenders. Prison populations are comprised of the poor, and many are incarcerated for relatively minor robberies and violence. America's prison expansion focused on this group to the exclusion of corporate and white collar offenders who create hazardous workplace and environmental conditions that lead to deaths and injuries, and enormous economic crimes. If America truly wants to reduce crime, Lynch urges readers to rethink cultural values that equate bigger with better."--JSTOR website (viewed May 26, 2017).
Other form:Print version: Lynch, Michael J. Big prisons, big dreams. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2007 9780813541853 0813541859