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The Resource Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system, Michael J. Lynch

Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system, Michael J. Lynch

Label
Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system
Title
Big prisons, big dreams
Title remainder
crime and the failure of America's penal system
Statement of responsibility
Michael J. Lynch
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The American prison system has grown tenfold since the 1970s, but crime rates in the United States have not decreased. This doesn't surprise Michael J. Lynch, a critical criminologist, who argues that our oversized prison system is a product of our consumer culture, the public's inaccurate beliefs about controlling crime, and the government's criminalizing of the poor. While deterrence and incapacitation theories suggest that imprisoning more criminals and punishing them leads to a reduction in crime, case studies, such as one focusing on the New York City jail system between 1993 and 2003, show that a reduction in crime is unrelated to the size of jail populations. Although we are locking away more people, Lynch explains that we are not targeting the worst offenders. Prison populations are comprised of the poor, and many are incarcerated for relatively minor robberies and violence. America's prison expansion focused on this group to the exclusion of corporate and white collar offenders who create hazardous workplace and environmental conditions that lead to deaths and injuries, and enormous economic crimes. If America truly wants to reduce crime, Lynch urges readers to rethink cultural values that equate bigger with better."--JSTOR website (viewed May 26, 2017)
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Michael J
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Critical issues in crime and society
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Criminals
  • Imprisonment
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Réhabilitation
  • Emprisonnement
  • Justice pénale
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Criminals
  • Imprisonment
  • United States
  • Kriminalpolitik
  • Strafvollzug
  • USA
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Kriminalpolitik
  • Strafvollzug
  • USA
  • Social Welfare & Social Work
  • Social Sciences
  • Criminology, Penology & Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminals
  • Criminal Law
  • United States
Label
Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system, Michael J. Lynch
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-251) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Big, dark secrets, and America's prison system -- Prisons and crime -- The growth of America's prison system -- Raising questions about America's big prison system -- Explaining prison growth in the United States: the materialist perspective -- Prison effects: who gets locked up -- The imprisonment binge and crime -- The end of oil and the future of American prisons -- A consuming culture
Control code
ocn191680099
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 257 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813541402
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1h9s063
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)191680099
Label
Big prisons, big dreams : crime and the failure of America's penal system, Michael J. Lynch
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-251) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Big, dark secrets, and America's prison system -- Prisons and crime -- The growth of America's prison system -- Raising questions about America's big prison system -- Explaining prison growth in the United States: the materialist perspective -- Prison effects: who gets locked up -- The imprisonment binge and crime -- The end of oil and the future of American prisons -- A consuming culture
Control code
ocn191680099
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 257 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813541402
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1h9s063
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)191680099

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