The Politics of Imprisonment : How the Democratic Process Shapes the Way America Punishes Offenders
By: Barker, Vanessa.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Studies in Crime and Public Policy: Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2009Description: 1 online resource (265 p.).ISBN: 9780199708468.Subject(s): Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States -- States | Criminals -- United States -- States | Equality -- United States | Imprisonment -- United States -- StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Politics of Imprisonment : How the Democratic Process Shapes the Way America Punishes OffendersDDC classification: 364.60973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; 1 Imprisonment and the Democratic Process; 2 Explaining Penal Regime Variation: Political Structures and Collective Agency; 3 The Case of California: Neopopulism and Retribution; 4 Washington State Deliberates: From Fortress Prison to De-Escalation; 5 New York: Elite Pragmatism and Managerialism; 6 Democratic Governance, Social Trust, and Penal Order; Notes; Bibliography; Index
The attention devoted to the unprecedented levels of imprisonment in the United States obscure an obvious but understudied aspect of criminal justice: there is no consistent punishment policy across the U.S. It is up to individual states to administer their criminal justice systems, and the differences among them are vast. For example, while some states enforce mandatory minimum sentencing, some even implementing harsh and degrading practices, others rely on community sanctions. What accounts for these differences? The Politics of Imprisonment seeks to document and explain variation in America
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