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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226283844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226283845
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Garland is a professor of law and sociology at New York University School of Law. He is the author of the award-winning studies Punishment and Welfare and Punishment and Modern Society.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90a691ec) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x9049d300) out of 5 stars seminal work on US mass incarceration 28 April 2008
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I'm surprised no one else has reviewed this book - I guess they're too busy trying to alter this trend. Garland's book represents an extremely solid, well-written and methodical approach to how and why the US rate and absolute number of imprisonment is the highest in the world.

Garland reached an understanding of how this trend happened, was this process:
1. A shift from `penal welfare' to `retributive' model...
2. Prompted by social and tech. changes.
3. Enabled by a shift to political conservatism.
4. Resulting in a marginalization of subgroups.
5. Who were blamed for the problems in society, as was the liberal penal welfare model.
6. This shift resulted from a desire for security, order and control missing following #2.
7. And led to a combination of `market and moral discipline' with more controls on the poor and fewer on everyone else.

He finds that the current system of mass incarceration does the following:
-Creates systematic social, economic and political exclusion by race (social marginality)
-Develops and supports criminal underclass through criminogenic nature of incarceration and parole/probation rules
-Understates unemployment rate by removing `unemployable' from society.
-Alters norms and values of communities across generations.
-Creates a gulag system of economy, where prisoners are increasingly perform work for government and private business without pay.

That's a very brief summary, I could go into much greater detail, but I'll stop here. This book is now being cited by any serious inquiry into the phenomenon. However, despite its being very well-written, it's a thick read, so I would not recommend it for an undergrad text.
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HASH(0x94c75d38) out of 5 stars A College Level Book On Crime Reduction, Past and Future 25 Aug. 2013
By Kritik - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written book. Great for the criminal justice major in college. I must admit the book is dated in light of what happened after 9/11 and the housing crash (author needs a second edition). Controls mentioned in the book are child's play to what's planned for security/crime control present day (communication surveillance and drones).
HASH(0x90c9ba74) out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Sept. 2015
By Molly Hodgdon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is quite dense and dry, so don't get it if you're looking for a fluffy Malcolm Gladwell-type read. It is also extremely good. I've never read another book that more thoroughly explained how the last fifty years have shaped how British and American criminal policy are formed. How and why we went from effective, evidence-based rehabilitative practices to the populist "tough on crime" policies that lead to increased crime rates.
HASH(0x90c0b4bc) out of 5 stars The most comprehensive look at the history of what really happened to our criminal justice system. It was politicized! 5 Jan. 2016
By Breezy - Published on Amazon.com
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An extremely informative history of what REALLY happened to our criminal justice system. Take the course with this book at Regis University from Professor Matthew Johnson because he is the BEST teacher on the subject. Thanks! Janice Marie Alexander
HASH(0x90fdab04) out of 5 stars Two Stars 24 July 2015
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The font is way too small which made the book difficult to read.
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