Big Prisons, Big Dreams: Crime and the Failure of the United States Prison System to Control Crime

Author:   Michael J Lynch
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
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9786611151355


Pages:   259
Publication Date:   31 August 2007
Format:   Electronic book text
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Big Prisons, Big Dreams: Crime and the Failure of the United States Prison System to Control Crime


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The American prison system has grown tenfold since the 1970s, but crime rates in the United States have not decreased. Michael J. Lynch, a critical criminologist, argues that our oversized prison system is a product of our consumer culture, the publics inaccurate beliefs about controlling crime, and the governments 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. Americas 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.

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Author:   Michael J Lynch
Publisher:   Rutgers University Press
Imprint:   Rutgers University Press
ISBN:  

9786611151355


ISBN 10:   6611151354
Pages:   259
Publication Date:   31 August 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Electronic book text
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
The supplier is temporarily out of stock of this item. It will be ordered for you on backorder and shipped when it becomes available.

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