Race, Incarceration, and American Values

Loury, Glenn C., with Pamela Karlan, Tommie Shelby and Loïc Wacquant
Publisher:  MIT Press
Year Published:  2008
Pages:  144pp   ISBN:  978-0-262-12311-2
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX12002

Glenn Loury argues that the extraordinary mass incarceration rate in the USA is not a response to rising crime rates. Instead, it is the product of a decision to become a more punitive society. He connects this policy to our history of racial oppression, showing that the punitive turn in American politics and culture emerged in the post-civil rights years and has today become the main vehicle for the reproduction of racial hierarchies.

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