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Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison

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ISBN-10: 0205137725

ISBN-13: 9780205137725

Edition: 10th 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Jeffrey Reiman, Paul Leighton

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Illustrates the issue of economic inequality within the American justice system. The best-selling text, The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison contends that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish. The authors argue that even before the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing, the system is biased against the poor in what it chooses to treat as crime. The authors show that numerous acts of the well-off--such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs--cause as much harm as the acts of the poor that are treated as crimes. However, the dangerous acts of the well-off are almost never treated as crimes, and when they are, they are almost never treated as severely as the crimes of the poor. Not only does the criminal justice system fail to protect against the harmful acts of well-off people, it also fails to remedy the causes of crime, such as poverty. This results in a large population of poor criminals in our prisons and in our media. The authors contend that the idea of crime as a work of the poor serves the interests of the rich and powerful while conveying a misleading notion that the real threat to Americans comes from the bottom of society rather than the top. Learning GoalsUpon completing this book, readers will be able to:Examine the criminal justice system through the lens of the poor.Understand that much of what goes on in the criminal justice system violates one's own sense of fairness.Morally evaluate the criminal justice system's failures. Identify the type of legislature that is biased against the poor. Note: MySearchLab with eText does not come automatically packed with this text. To purchase MySearchLab with eText, please visit or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab with eText (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205896103 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205896103.
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Book details

List price: $56.95
Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Figure and Tables
Preface to the Tenth 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
Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Designed to Fail
Understanding the Decline in Crime Rates
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 and Inequality
What Works to Reduce Crime
Failing to Reduce Crime: Erikson, Durkheim, and Foucault
Erickson, Durkheim and the Benefits of Deviance
A Word About Foucault
Study Questions
Additional Resources
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
Study Questions
Additional Resources
… And the Poor Get Prison
Weeding Out the Wealthy
Arrest and Charging
Adjudication and Conviction
… And the Poor Get Prison
Study Questions
Additional Resources
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
Study Questions
Additional Resources
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice
The Crime of Justice
Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America
Protecting Society
Promoting Justice
Study Questions
Additional Resources
The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice
Marxism and Capitalism
Capitalism and Ideology
Ideology and Law
Law and Ethics
Between Philosophy and Criminology
Philosophical Assumptions of Social Science Generally
Special Philosophical Needs of Criminology
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Philosophy