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Rich Get Richer and The Poor Get Prison, The: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition

By Jeffrey Reiman, Paul Leighton

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 21, 2009

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This best-selling text examines the premise that the criminal justice system is biased against the poor from start to finish, from the definition of what constitutes a crime through the process of arrest, trial, and sentencing.  Also, this text discusses how this bias is accompanied with a general refusal to remedy the causes of crime–poverty, lack of education, and discrimination. One reviewer describes this text as “one of the most outstanding critiques of the criminal justice process…a book that needed to be written and needs to be publishing again and again…a text as relevant today as when first published in 1979.” The author argues that actions of well-off people, such as their refusal to make workplaces safe, refusal to curtail deadly pollution, promotion of unnecessary surgery, and prescriptions for unnecessary drugs, cause occupational and environmental hazards to innocent members of the public and produce just as much death, destruction, and financial loss as so-called crimes of the poor. However, these acts of the well-off are rarely treated as crimes, and when they are, they are never treated as severely as crimes of the poor.

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

 

 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing     

Chapter 1: Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds like Failure   

Chapter 2: A Crime by Any Other Name...   

Chapter 3: ...and the Poor Get Prison     

Chapter 4: To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?   

Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice   

Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice     

Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology   

Index   

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

 

Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass, or Winning by Losing   

 

Chapter 1: Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds like Failure   

Designed To Fail   

Three Excuses That Will Not Wash, Or How We Could Reduce Crime If We Wanted To   

Known Sources of Crime   

What Works To Reduce Crime   

How Crime Pays: Erikson and Durkheim   

A Word about Foucault   

 

Chapter 2: A Crime by Any Other Name...   

What’s In a Name?   

The Carnival Mirror   

Criminal Justice as Creative Art   

A Crime by Any Other Name...   

 

Chapter 3: ...and the Poor Get Prison   

Weeding Out the Wealthy   

...And the Poor Get Prison   

 

Chapter 4: To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is Winning the Losing War against Crime?   

Why Is The Criminal Justice System Failing?   

The Poverty of Criminals and the Crime of Poverty   

Ideology, Or How to Fool Enough of the People Enough of the Time   

 

Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice   

The Crime of Justice   

Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America   

 

Appendix I: The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice     

Appendix II: Between Philosophy and Criminology   

Index   

 

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