Gates of Injustice The Crisis in America's Prisons

ISBN-10: 0131881795
ISBN-13: 9780131881792
Edition: 2nd 2006
Authors: Alan Elsner
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List price: $23.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 1/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.638

Gates of Injustice is an extraordinarily compelling expose of the American prison system: how more than 2,000,000 Americans came to be incarcerated; what it's really like on the inside; what it's like for the families left on the outside; and how an enormous "prison-industrial complex" has grown to support and promote imprisonment in place of virtually every other alternative.Reuters journalist Alan Elsner shows how prisons really work, how race-based gangs are able to control institutions and prey on weaker inmates, and how an epidemic of abuse and brutality has exploded across American prisons. Readers will discover the plight of 300,000 mentally ill people in prisons, virtually abandoned with little medical treatment. They'll also meet the fastest growing segment of the prison population: women. Readers go inside "supermax" prisons that cut inmates off from all human contact, and uncover the official corruption and brutality that riddles jail systems in major cities like Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York. Finally, they'll learn prisons accelerate the spread of infectious diseases throughout the broader society, just one of the many ways the prison epidemic touches everyone, even if they've never met anyone who's gone to jail.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Second Toughest Sheriff in America
Becoming a Prison Nation
Entering the Gates
The Vulnerable
The Sanity of the System
An Unhealthy Situation
Women Behind Bars
Supermax
Short-Term Problems
Money, Money, Money
After Prison
Some Modest Suggestions
Endnotes
Index

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