American Furies : Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment

ISBN-10: 0807042234

ISBN-13: 9780807042236

Edition: 2008

Authors: Sasha Abramsky

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How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons--and its terrible costs. In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance. Surveying this state of affairs -- life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles--Abramsky asks: Does the vengeful impulse ennoble our culture or demean it? California's Three Strikes law typifies the politics that exploit the grief of victims' families and our fears of violent crime. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, AMERICAN FURIES shows that the ehtos of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" has enormous social costs.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/1/2008
Binding: Perfect 
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: From out of Tartarus
A Mindset Molded
The Holy Experiment
A Rising Tide of Violence
Using a Sledgehammer to Kill A GNAT
Victims, Fundamentalists, and Rant-Radio Hacks
Reductio ad Absurdum
Populating Bedlam
Open for Business
Till the End of Time
Storehouses of the Living Dead
Adult Time
Conclusion: Leviathan Calling
Selected Bibliography
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