Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 January 2022

272 Pages

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197536575

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Ending Mass Incarceration

Why it Persists and How to Achieve Meaningful Reform

Katherine Beckett

Studies in Crime and Public Policy

  • Explains why mass incarceration persists despite widespread consensus that it is a failed public safety strategy
  • Identifies three broad policy changes that would limit the power of the criminal legal system
  • Recommends ambitious but doable solutions for pressing social problems
  • Engages with questions raised by by Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and other recent events, including the true meaning of public safety
  • Provides nuanced empirical analysis in an accessible way

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