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Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America

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For nearly forty years the United States has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. Our prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading—relying on racist gangs, lockdowns, and Supermax-style segregation units to maintain a tenuous order.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by The New Press (first published July 3rd 2012)
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james
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
The importance of the information in this book is high. As far as I can tell, the facts are correct and the arguments are decent.

However, the organization in this book is lacking. There are 7 chapters - but each chapter is disorganized. The author would have benefited from subheadings - it would have helped guide the reader (me!) and it would have helped him stay focused on one element at a time. Instead, there is a lot of repetition, fragmentation, and it really slows the reader down. Even wors
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Crys
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pros: This book contains a lot of interesting information about court cases with direct bearing on the problems inherent in a mass incarceration system--especially one that consistently operates at 200-300% over capacity. It also does a good job of centering the importance of social narratives: The way we think about prisoners affects how we're willing to (mis)treat them, and sometimes changing the narrative is even more important than changing individual laws.

Cons (no pun intended): The book wa
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Michael
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m very glad I read this book. The author does an excellent job of summarizing in a very readable, understandable way what has happened in our prison system over the last 50 years (with a little touch here and there on the longer ago past). He looks at the Supreme Court Decision in Brown vs. Plata back in 2011 to reveal how prisons were actually functioning in California (and the author suggests many other places around the country). The process of incarcerating mass numbers of people for indet ...more
Sam Poole
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Outstanding study of Brown v. Plata that offers a superb examination of the outcomes Of our carceral state. The micro view is efficient and allows for lots of information to be spread, though I found the lack of identity politic analysis disheartening. An academic read
But moving at times. this largely is informative and analytical and lacks the emotional punch of slavery by another name or the new Jim Crow. Four stars
Nadin Brzezinski
A must read.

It gives the standards by which we must confront the fate of prisoners in the California system. It is a hellish dystopia that needs desperate changes.
Pattydark
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A important work by one of our country's most esteemed experts on the failure and inhumanity of our system of incarcerating so many of our fellow human being.s
Mark
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though the focus is on California, this historical and legal examination of extreme punishment and prison conditions applies universally.
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