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Race to Incarcerate

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, executive director of one of the United States’ leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America.

Including newly written material on recent developments under the Bush administration
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by The New Press (first published August 1st 1999)
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Erica
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book provides a very interesting review of the increasing incarceration rates in America compared to the rest of the world. The description of the drug policy changes through the years was also very interesting. He has a good style which makes the book seem more like a story than a non=fiction book.
Lin
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Even if you already agree with the premise that the US criminal justice system is unfair and failing, this well-researched, well-reasoned argument is a valuable read. Buy a copy, read it, then donate it to books through bars. ...more
Shawn
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Valuable, replete with statistics, depressing, astonishing & confounding statistics! The stats make the reading a bit dry, I felt like the author illustrated people as numbers too often; however the exposition of the problems of incarceration makes the overall reading experience informative & educational.

Previous reads: "The New Jim Crow," and "The Anatomy of Racial Inequality," and "Race Matters, and "The Wrong Men: America's Epidemic of Wrongful Death Row Convictions."

There are some interesti
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Gaga
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Overall, I'd say this book is worth reading. I think it provides an important look at the correctional system in the US and, more importantly, still-existing race and class divisions and their effects on American society.

That said, I found there to be a great deal lacking from this book. Mauer's arguments are valid and well reasoned, but I could not help but feel as though there were gaping holes in a lot of his arguments, particularly with regards to his discussion of class and racism. His poin
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Carrie
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the original version, so much of the data is outdated, but it's safe to say the issues Mauer addresses have only worsened. This book is a great resource for a broad range of statistics. It's fairly short, but the strong research is combined with succinct descriptions and analyses of the political, social, and racial factors contributing to the enormous increase in the US prison population, and he offers a few more suggestions than most books on the subject do.
Sam Newton
This book had some great data on the current prison crisis, but it was dry reading, lacked a consistent argument, and had very little, if anything to do with race issues. If you're looking for a book with data on mass incarceration, this is it.
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