The prison boom in punishment and inequality in america a book by bruce western

Western finds that because of their involvement in the penal system, young black men hardly benefited from the economic boom of the s.

Those who spent time in prison had much lower wages and employment rates than did similar men without criminal records. Between andthe number of prison and jail inmates per one hundred thousand people rose more than threefold.

Punishment and Inequality in America

Western disputes the contention that imprisonment was the main factor that led to the decline in serious crime. Many states had begun to phase out parole and to establish mandatory minimum sentences or otherwise to limit judicial discretion.

In Punishment and Inequality in America, sociologist Bruce Western explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought. For black men who dropped out of high school, prison time became a modal event, more common than not.

As a result of the prison boom, it became more deeply involved than ever in their lives. Punishment and Inequality in America reveals a strong relationship between incarceration and severely dampened economic prospects for former inmates.

In Punishment and Inequality in America, sociologist Bruce Western explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought. For some racial and educational groups, incarceration has become a depressingly regular experience, and prison culture and influence pervade their communities.

Until the s, the rehabilitative model still predominated. The losses from mass incarceration spread to the social sphere as well, leaving one out of ten young black children with a father behind bars by the end of the s, thereby helping perpetuate the damaging cycle of broken families, poverty, and crime.

While many people support the increase in incarceration because of recent reductions in crime, Western shows that the decrease in crime rates in the s was mostly fueled by growth in city police forces and the pacification of the drug trade.

Punishment and Inequality in America reveals a strong relationship between incarceration and severely dampened economic prospects for former inmates. The main consequence of greater arrests was to clog the prisons further. Many offenders served all or part of their time in community service.

Although a gap to the detriment of blacks had become apparent by the s, two-parent families still represented an overwhelming majority of the total. The stigma of incarceration makes for a less desirable matrimonial mate.

Of course, without stable families or romantic relationships it is almost impossible to create and sustain the social capital necessary for the survival of poor neighborhoods. Nowhere is the racial gap greater than in the rate of marriage.

Former convicts of both races have major disadvantages in the labor market. Many states had begun to phase out parole and to establish mandatory minimum sentences or otherwise to limit judicial discretion. As states started to lock up more people, incarceration became almost a way of life for many groups in society.

Punishment and Inequality in America

By the end of the s, drug crimes accounted for an astounding 60 percent of all inmates in federal prisons. In Punishment and Inequality in America, sociologist Bruce Western explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought.

County jails account for about a third of the penal population. For some racial and educational groups, incarceration has become a depressingly regular experience, and prison culture and influence pervade their communities. Punishment and Inequality in America profiles how the growth in incarceration came about and the toll it is taking on the social and economic fabric of many American communities.

Incarceration also nurtures the more destructive forms of social capital by fostering ties between former convicts and others with criminal lifestyles.

He cut crime in half and reduced murders by two-thirds. The prison boom has proved one of the single greatest enemies of a stable family life. The losses from mass incarceration spread to the social sphere as well, leaving one out of ten young black children with a father behind bars by the end of the s, thereby helping perpetuate the damaging cycle of broken families, poverty, and crime.

The historical record points in a different direction. By the end of the s, drug crimes accounted for an astounding 60 percent of all inmates in federal prisons.fall contexts 37 beyond crime and punishment: prisons and inequality feature article bruce western and becky pettit Even during the economic boom of the s, more young black men who had dropped out of school were in.

In Punishment and Inequality in America, sociologist Bruce Western explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought.

Punishment and Inequality in America dispels many of the myths about the relationships among crime, imprisonment, and inequality.

Introduction. Punishment and Inequality in America 5 of the prison boom on crime, and the economic and family life of the men who serve time in prison jail. My main arguments rely on two basic insights of the sociology of politics and crime. First, for political sociology, state. Punishment and Inequality in America Book Description: Over the last thirty years, the prison population in the United States has increased more than sevenfold to over 2 million people, including vastly disproportionate.

In Punishment and Inequality in America, Bruce Western tells the other side of the story. As crime fell during the last two decades of the twentieth century, the prison population soared, often with disastrous consequences for the most vulnerable in society.

The most compelling parts of Western’s book underline the prison boom’s. In Punishment and Inequality in America, sociologist Bruce Western explores the recent era of mass incarceration and the serious social and economic consequences it has wrought." "Punishment and Inequality in America dispels many of the myths about the .

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