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Published: 26 August 2009

264 Pages | 2 b/w illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195370027

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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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