product description page

Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison : Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice (Hardcover) (Jeffrey

shipping not available
free order pickup not available
not sold at Atlanta Edgewood

about this item

For nearly 40 years, this classic text has taken the issue of economic inequality seriously and asked: Why are our prisons filled with the poor? Why aren’t the tools of the criminal justice system being used to protect Americans from predatory business practices and to punish well-off people who cause widespread harm?

The Rich Get Richer shows readers that much that goes on in the criminal justice system violates citizens’ sense of basic fairness. It presents extensive evidence from mainstream data that the criminal justice system does not function in the way it says it does, nor in the way that readers believe it should. The authors develop a theoretical perspective from which readers might understand these failures and evaluate them morally —and they to do it in a short and relatively inexpensive text written in plain language.

New to this edition

Presents recent data comparing the harms due to criminal activity with the harms of dangerous—but not criminal—corporate actions.

Presents new data on recent crime rate declines, which are paired with data on how public safety is not prioritized by the US government

Updated statistics on crime, victimization, wealth and discrimination, plus coverage of the increasing role of criminal justice fines and fees in generating revenue for government

including the report on Ferguson, MO.

Updates on the costs to society of white collar crime

Updates and deepens analysis of why fundamental reforms are not undertaken

The prose has been streamlined and condensed for greater clarity

more to consider

  • Presenting Magically : Transforming Your Stage Presence With Nlp (Reprint) (Paperback) (Ph.D. Tad James


  • Small Business for Dummies : Australia & New Zealand Edition (Paperback) (Veechi Curtis)


  • Revive : How to Transform Traditional Businesses into Digital Leaders (Hardcover) (Jason Albanese &


  • Reconstruction : Voices from America's First Great Struggle for Racial Equality (Hardcover)


  • Rembrandt's Naked Truth : Drawing Nude Models in the Golden Age (Paperback)



  • SheaMoisture® Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Shampoo - 13 fl oz


  • 2018 TF Publishing Desk Calendar

  • Employment Discrimination (Paperback) (Joel Wm. Friedman)


  • Thousands : Poems (Paperback) (Lightsey Darst)


  • Love Print Throw Pillow Collection - Surya

    $20.99 - $27.99

from the manufacturer

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.