Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 020568842X
ISBN-13: 9780205688425
Edition: 9th 2010
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Description: This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing. Also, this text  More...

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List price: $50.80
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing. Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crimepoverty, lack of education, and discrimination. One reviewer describes this text as ldquo;one of the most outstanding critiques of the criminal justice processhellip;a book that needed to be written and needs to be publishing again and againhellip;a text as relevant today as when first published in 1979.rdquo; The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor.

Preface to the Ninth Edition
Acknowledgments for the First Edition
About the Authors
Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing
Abbreviations Used in the Notes
Notes
Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Designed to Fail
Three Excuses that will not Wash, or How We Could Reduce Crime if We Wanted to
First Excuse: We're Too Soft!
Second Excuse: A Cost of Modern Life
Third Excuse: Blame It on the Kids!
Known Sources of Crime
Poverty & Inequality
Prison
Guns
Drugs
What Works to Reduce Crime
Failing to Reduce Crime: Erikson and Durkheim
A Word about Foucault
Summary
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Notes
A Crime by Any Other Name
What's In a Name?
The Carnival Mirror
Criminal Justice as Creative Art
A Crime by Any Other Name
Work May Be Dangerous to Your Health
Health Care May Be Dangerous to Your Health
Waging Chemical Warfare against America
Poverty Kills
Summary
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Notes
And the Poor Get Prison
Weeding Out the Wealthy
Arrest and Charging
Adjudication and Conviction
Sentencing
And the Poor Get Prison
Summary
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Notes
To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?
Why Is the Criminal Justice System Failing?
The Poverty of Criminals and the Crime of Poverty
The Implicit Ideology of Criminal Justice
The Bonus of Bias
Ideology, or How to Fool Enough of the People Enough of the Time
What Is Ideology?
The Need for Ideology
Summary
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Notes
Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice
The Crime of Justice
Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America
Protecting Society
Promoting Justice
Summary
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Notes
The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice
Marxism and Capitalism
Capitalism and Ideology
Ideology and Law
Law and Ethics
Notes
Between Philosophy and Criminology
Philosophical Assumptions of Social Science Generally
The Special Philosophical Needs of Criminology
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Philosophy
Notes
Index

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