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Mass Incarceration

Keramet A. Reiter

Publication Date - 15 September 2017

ISBN: 9780190272531

176 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Part of our Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice series, this text provides an authoritative overview of mass incarceration


In this brief, timely text, Keramet Reiter explores the least visible, but arguably most important, characteristics of mass incarceration in the United States: the systematic constriction of prisoners' constitutional rights; the treatment of the mentally ill in prison; the long-term consequences of having served time in prison; the problem of prisoner disenfranchisement; and the privatization of multiple aspects of the prison industry. Each chapter begins with a narrative account of one individual's experience within the prison system, drawn from actual cases and recent events that frame the history, themes, and core ethical questions addressed in that chapter.

About the Series

Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides essential knowledge on important contemporary matters of crime, law, and justice to a broad audience of readers. Volumes are written by leading scholars in that area. Concise, accessible, and affordable, these texts are designed to serve either as primers around which courses can be built or as supplemental books for a variety of courses.

About the Author(s)

Keramet Reiter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and at the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of 23/7 Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement and the coeditor of Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration, and Solitary Confinement (2015). Dr. Reiter recently won the American Society of Criminology's Ruth Cavan Young Scholar Award.

Series Editor

Henry N. Pontell is a Distinguished Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.


"Mass Incarceration provides an accessible, critical overview of contemporary issues in punishment, law, and society. Each chapter begins with a provocative case study and works in a stand-alone manner while still bringing together core research from across the field."--Michelle Brown, University of Tennessee

"This volume presents a thorough and engaging description of the problems of mass incarceration. Reiter presents new material and a new approach."--Hayden Griffin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Mass Incarceration offers an insightful treatise into mass incarceration and its often unrecognized contribution to the maintenance of a vast network of 'custodial citizens' within our system of democratic governance."--Edward Rhine, Ohio State University

Table of Contents

    Timeline of Key Laws, Cases, and Events
    I. The Exception to Every Rule: Constitutional Exemptions and Limitations
    II. The Prison within the Prison: Mental Illness and Punitive Tools of Control
    III. The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Collateral Consequences and Expanded Punishments
    IV. The Silenced Majority: Voting Rights and Prison-Based Gerrymandering
    V. Prisons for Profit: Privatization and the Prison Industrial Complex

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