TITLE

Clearing the "troubled assets" of America's punishment bubble

AUTHOR(S)
Simon, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
June 2010
SOURCE
Daedalus;Summer2010, Vol. 139 Issue 3, p91
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article compares the economic status of the incarceration system in the U.S. with the damaged financial sector assets that were a cause of the 2008-2009 financial crisis and recession and declares a bubble in the U.S. criminal justice system. The author argues that prison reform is needed to evaluate prisoners, social capital, financial capital, information networks, management, and political alliances. Topics include the war on crime, mass incarceration, and the prison system in California, which the author says is mismanaged and overcrowded. The role of prisoners and former prisoners in the success of the penal state is discussed, as well risk assessment by criminal courts and destabilization of prisons and communities.
ACCESSION #
52996552

 

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