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Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration

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Mass incarceration is an overwhelming problem and reforms are often difficult, leading to confusion about what to do and where to start. Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: Hope from Civil Society introduces the key issues that need immediate attention and provides concrete direction about effective solutions systemically and relationally. In this work Anthony B. Bradley recognizes that offenders are persons with inherent dignity. Mass incarceration results from the systemic breakdown of criminal law procedure and broken communities. Using the principle of personalism, attention is drawn to those areas that directly contact the lives of offenders and determine their fate. Bradley explains how reform must be built from the person up, and once these areas are reformed our law enforcement culture will change for the better. Taking an innovative approach, Anthony B. Bradley explores what civic institutions need to do to prevent people from falling into the criminal justice system and recidivism for those released from prison.

Reviews

'Anthony B. Bradley’s emphasis on personalism offers an intriguing contribution to the question of criminal justice reform - he presents a path forward we ought to seriously consider.'

Vincent Bacote - Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College, Illinois

'Most everyone complains about overcriminalization and mass incarceration, but concrete solutions to these problems are hard to find. Anthony B. Bradley proposes several reforms in criminal justice and civil society that would help to bring about some much-needed improvements.'

Douglas Husak - author of Overcriminalization 

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