A groundbreaking investigation into the roots of the American criminal justice system reveals how the past bleeds into the present. Beyond These Walls is an ambitious and far-ranging exploration that tracks the legacy of crime and imprisonment in the United States, from the historical roots of the American criminal justice system to our modern state of over-incarceration, and offers a bold vision for a new future. Author Tony Platt, a recognized authority in the field of criminal justice, challenges the way we think about how and why millions of people are tracked, arrested, incarcerated, catalogued, and regulated in the United States.Beyond These Walls traces the disturbing history of punishment and social control, revealing how the criminal justice system attempts to enforce and justify inequalities associated with class, race, gender, and sexuality. Prisons and police departments are central to this process, but other institutions from immigration and welfare to educational and pub...
|Title||:||Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States Reviews
When the media talks about a rise in crime, prison overcrowding, and repeat offenders, most people automatically think of murderers, rapists, and other violent offenders. In fact, violent crime has been in a sharp decline for years. Rarely does mainstream media clarify that these crimes are relatively minor in the scheme of things, that they are largely social crimes like drug use, and the prisons have a revolving door because we've designed prisons - and society - to function that way.
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What to do when the rich get away with murder and the lower class are left seeking scraps?
Well welcome to our broken criminal justice system that's riddled with corruption, nepotism, and pay to play schemes.
The higher ups with power and prestige get off with a slap on the wrists while the lower class, minorities, mixed races are left paying the price for misdemeanors.
Racial discrimination is alive and well in the community policing world. Public policing is now militaristic.
The inequality is te ...more
Summary: Dr Platt, a well-established criminologist, outlines the history and current state of incarceration in the US. He covers topics such as how women and minorities as overly-impacted by the harsh sentences, the overpopulated prisons, and the enforced deportations of documented and undocumented immigrants. He warns us that past efforts at reforming the system have actually resulted in changes for the worse. He urges that change needs to happen from the top down, rather than from the bottom ...more