A stunning examination of how the United States became the incarceration capital of the world, from one of the country's leading experts on sentencing policy, race, and the criminal justice system
In this revised edition of his seminal book on race, class, and the criminal justice system, Marc Mauer, former executive director of one of the United States' leading criminal justice reform organizations, offers the most up-to-date look available at three decades of prison expansion in America.
Race to Incarcerate tells the tragic story of runaway growth in the number of prisons and jails and the overreliance on imprisonment to stem problems of economic and social development. Called "sober and nuanced" by Publishers Weekly, Race to Incarcerate documents the enormous financial and human toll of the "get tough" movement, and argues for more humane--and productive--alternatives.
About the Author
Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project, a national organization based in Washington, DC, that promotes criminal justice reform. He is the co-editor (with Meda Chesney-Lind) of Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment and the co-author (with Ashley Nellis) of The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences (all published by The New Press). He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.