Making Crime Pay Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics

ISBN-10: 0195136268
ISBN-13: 9780195136265
Edition: 2000
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List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/18/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

Most Americans are not aware that the US prison population has tripled over the past two decades, nor that the US has the highest rate of incarceration in the industrialized world. Despite these facts, politicians from across the ideological spectrum continue to campaign on "law and order" platforms and to propose "three strikes"--and even "two strikes"--sentencing laws. Why is this the case? How have crime, drugs, and delinquency come to be such salient political issues, and why have enhanced punishment and social control been defined as the most appropriate responses to these complex social problems? Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics provides original, fascinating, and persuasive answers to these questions. According to conventional wisdom, the worsening of the crime and drug problems has led the public to become more punitive, and "tough" anti-crime policies are politicians' collective response to this popular sentiment. Katherine Beckett challenges this interpretation, arguing instead that the origins of the punitive shift in crime control policy lie in the political rather than the penal realm--particularly in the tumultuous period of the 1960s.

Katherine Beckett is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Law, Societies, and Justice program at the University of Washington. Her research and teaching focus on the politics of crime, punishment, and social control. She is the author of Making Crime Pay and The Politics of Injustice. Steve Herbert is Professor in the Department of Geography and the Law, Societies, and Justice program at the University of Washington. His research and teaching focus on the legal regulation of space, especially as practiced by the uniformed police. He is the author of Policing Space and Citizens, Cops, and Power.

Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics
Setting the Public Agenda
Creating the Crime Issue
From Crime to Drugs--and Back Again
Crime and Drugs in the News
Crime and Punishment in American Political Culture
Institutionalizing Law and Order
Reconceptualizing the Crime Problem

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