Schoenfelds meticulously researched building the prison state is a major contribution to our understanding of mass incarceration schoenfeld conveys the horrors of the us punishment system while at the same time capturing the most basic fact that this horror and the racism at its core is routine. In her new book building the prison state race and the politics of mass incarceration university of chicago press 2018 ipr sociologist heather schoenfeld reframes the story of mass incarceration as an enormous increase in the states capacity to punish highlighting how the current situation cannot be understood without a clear grasp of . Building the prison state is a new look at why the united states locks millions of people behind bars in harsh conditions with little opportunity to better themselves for long periods of time drawing on the story of one high incarceration state between 1950 and 2016 the book argues that racial conflicts led to the bureaucratization and modernization of policing courts and corrections. Examining civil rights protests prison condition lawsuits sentencing reforms the war on drugs and the rise of conservative tea party politics schoenfeld explains why politicians veered from skepticism of prisons to an embrace of incarceration as the appropriate response to crime subject headings prisons united states. Get this from a library building the prison state race and the politics of mass incarceration heather schoenfeld the united states incarcerates more people per capita than any other industrialized nation in the world about 1 in 100 adults or more than 2 million people while national spending on prisons has
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