...And the Poor Get Prison: Economic Bias in American Criminal Justice

Author : Jeffrey H. Reiman
Publisher : Allyn & Bacon(10-Nov-1995)
Paperback : 214 pages
ISBN 10 : 0205193684
ISBN 13 : 9780205193684
Language : English
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This text argues that current US criminal justice policy has been designed as maintaining a threat of crime, rather than aimed at reducing crime. To demonstrate this, the author shows that the system is biased against the poor from start to finish. The acts labelled as "crimes" are compared with other actions, such as those causing occupational or environmental hazards. The book concludes that the latter often produce more physical and educational damage than other forms of crime, yet those responsible are rarely treated severely.