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Unusually Cruel : Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism (Hardcover) (Marc Morju00e9

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The United States incarcerates far more people than any other country in the world, at rates nearly ten times higher than other liberal democracies. Indeed, while the U.S. is home to 5 percent of the world's population, it contains nearly 25 percent of its prisoners. But the extent of American cruelty goes beyond simply locking people up. At every stage of the criminal justice process - plea bargaining, sentencing, prison conditions, rehabilitation, parole, and societal reentry - the U.S. is harsher and more punitive than other comparable countries. In Unusually Cruel, Marc Morjé Howard argues that the American criminal justice and prison systems are exceptional - in a truly shameful way. Although other scholars have focused on the internal dynamics that have produced this massive carceral system, Howard provides the first sustained comparative analysis that shows just how far the U.S. lies outside the norm of established democracies. And, by highlighting how other countries successfully apply less punitive and more productive policies, he provides plausible solutions to addressing America's criminal justice quagmire.
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Political Science, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Author: Marc Morju00e9 Howard
Language: English
Street Date: July 17, 2017
TCIN: 52026168
UPC: 9780190659332
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-8495
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