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Published: 10 September 2009

264 Pages | 2 black and white line illustrations


ISBN: 9780195370027

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This publication is part of the Policing Publishing Program

The Politics of Imprisonment

How the Democratic Process Shapes the Way America Punishes Offenders

Vanessa Barker

Studies in Crime and Public Policy

  • Argues that public partcipation in the political process and high levels of civic engagement may not always lead to harsh punishments; Barker offers evidence to support the counterintuitive claim that increased democratization can support and sustain less coercive penal regimes.
  • The first book to examine and explain how the individual American states, rather than the US as a whole, contributed to the massive prison build-up over the last 30 years.

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