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Caught : the prison state and the lockdown of American politics

Marie Gottschalk.
  • Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
  • xiv, 474 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Eisenhower B Level
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  • "The huge prison buildup of the past four decades has few defenders today, yet reforms to reduce the number of people in U.S. jails and prisons have been remarkably modest. Meanwhile, a carceral state has sprouted in the shadows of mass imprisonment, extending its reach far beyond the prison gate. It includes not only the country's vast archipelago of jails and prisons but also the growing range of penal punishments and controls that lie in the never-never land between prison and full citizenship, from probation and parole to immigrant detention, felon disenfranchisement, and extensive lifetime restrictions on sex offenders. As it sunders families and communities and reworks conceptions of democracy, rights, and citizenship, this ever-widening carceral state poses a formidable political and social challenge. In this book, Marie Gottschalk examines why the carceral state, with its growing number of outcasts, remains so tenacious in the United States. She analyzes the shortcomings of the two dominant penal reform strategies--one focused on addressing racial disparities, the other on seeking bipartisan, race-neutral solutions centered on reentry, justice reinvestment, and reducing recidivism. In this bracing appraisal of the politics of penal reform, Gottschalk exposes the broader pathologies in American politics that are preventing the country from solving its most pressing problems, including the stranglehold that neoliberalism exerts on public policy. She concludes by sketching out a promising alternative path to begin dismantling the carceral state."--
  • note: ch. One Introduction
  • Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics
  • ch. Two Show Me The Money
  • Great Recession and the Great Confinement
  • ch. Three Squaring The Political Circle
  • New Political Economy of the Carceral State
  • ch. Four What Second Chance?
  • Reentry and Penal Reform
  • ch. Five Caught Again
  • Justice Reinvestment and Recidivism
  • ch. Six Is Mass Incarceration The "New Jim Crow"? Racial Disparities and the Carceral State
  • ch. Seven What's Race Got To Do With It?
  • Bolstering and Challenging the Carceral State
  • ch. Eight Split Verdict
  • Non, Non, Nons and the "Worst of the Worst"
  • ch. Nine New Untouchables
  • War on Sex Offenders
  • ch. Ten Catch And Keep
  • Criminalization of Immigrants
  • ch. Eleven Prison Beyond The Prison
  • Carceral State and Growing Political and Economic Inequalities in the United States
  • ch. Twelve Bring It On
  • Future of Penal Reform, the Carceral State, and American Politics.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-438) and index.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Honor with Books Endowment Fund; FY2016.
  • OCLC
  • 9780691164052
  • 0691164053
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2014012523
  • OCLC: 881469305
  • OCLC: 881469305