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Prison State
The Challenge of Mass Incarceration

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713399

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  • Within the past 25 years, the prison population in America shot upward to reach a staggering 1.53 million by 2005. This book takes a broad, critical look at incarceration, the huge social experiment of American society. The authors investigate the causes and consequences of the prison buildup, often challenging previously held notions from scholarly and public discourse. By examining such themes as social discontent, safety and security within prisons, and impact on crime and on the labor market, Piehl and Useem use evidence to address the inevitable larger question, where should incarceration go next for American society, and where is it likely to go?

    • Brings a new perspective to the issue with a focus on economics
    • Provides technical analysis in an accessible format and writing style
    • A non-partisan approach without a particular political agenda
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    "In Prison State, Bert Useem and Anne Morrison Piehl take on the social and penological critiques and alarms over the increase of imprisonment in the US. Through a meticulous evidence-based exploration, they seek to go beyond conventional wisdom and provide much needed empirical data on the causes and consequences of the US prison buildup.... Prison State is original and stands out in a sea of scholarly work on prison growth." - Canadian Journal of Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713399
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The buildup to mass incarceration
    2. Causes of the prison buildup
    3. More prison, less crime?
    4. Prison buildup and disorder
    5. The buildup and inmate release
    6. Implications of the buildup for labor markets
    7. Conclusion: right-sizing prison.

  • Authors

    Bert Useem, Purdue University, Indiana
    Bert Useem is Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. He previously taught sociology at University of New Mexico and was Director of the Institute for Social Research there. He is author of Resolution of Prison Riots: Strategy and Policies (with Camille Camp and George Camp, 1996) and States of Siege: US Prison Riots, 1971–1986 (with Peter A. Kimball, 1989).

    Anne Morrison Piehl, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Anne Morrison Piehl is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Rutgers University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She previously taught public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has been published widely in journals in economics, law, criminology, sociology, and public policy.

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