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Building Violence
How America's Rush To Incarcerate Creates More Violence

Edited by:
  • John P. May - District of Columbia Department of Corrections, USA, University of Bristol, UK
  • Khalid R. Pitts - Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence


January 2000 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This clearly written book exposes the underlying errors of a failing system while suggesting new ways to approach such a monumental problem as the increasing violence in America. It urges us to rethink incarceration policy, especially as it intersects with race, social class, gender, morality, technology, the media, profiteering and legislated messages of prejudice, fear and violence.
John P May
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE SEARCH FOR SECURITY
Alfred Blumstein
The Connection between Crime and Incarceration
Khalid R Pitts
Today's Violence
Stephen J Ingley
Corrections without Correction
Colleen R McLaughlin
Prisoner Rehabilitation
Feeling Better but Getting Worse?

 
Roger H Peters
Criminalizing Addictions
Kenneth L McGinnis
Make 'Em Break Rocks
 
PART TWO: IMPURE JUSTICE
William J Rold
Legislating Barriers to Effective Solutions
An Indelicate Tool for a Complex Problem

 
Marc Mauer
The Racial Dynamics of Imprisonment
Elizabeth Alexander
The Care and Feeding of the Correctional-Industrial Complex
Mark I Soler
Examining 'Justice' in the Juvenile System
Bernardine Dohrn
Adult Abdication
The Misrepresentation of Juvenile Crime

 
 
PART THREE: CASUALTIES OF MASS INCARCERATION
Juan Williams
The Poltics of Jailing
B Jaye Anno
Inappropriate Prison Populations
Tony L Whitehead
The 'Epidemic' and 'Cultural Legends' of Black Male Incarceration
The Socialization of African American Children to a Life of Incarceration

 
Miriam A Rollin
Adult Time for Adult Crime
A Sound-Bite, Not a Sound Policy

 
Robert L Cohen
Mass Incarceration
A Public Health Failure

 
Fernando Chang-Muy
Detention of Migrants
Andrea Weisman
Mental Illness behind Bars
 
PART FOUR: THE CRUCIBLE OF VIOLENCE
Steve J Martin
Sanctioned Violence in American Prisons
Corey Weinstein
Even Dogs Confined to Cages for Long Periods of Time Go Beserk
Joanne Mariner
Body and Soul
The Trauma of Prison Rape

 
John P May
Feeding a Public Health Epidemic
Joanne Page
Violence and Incarceration
A Personal Observation

 
Shawn D Bushway
The Stigma of a Criminal History Record in the Labor Market
Randy Blackburn
A Prisoner's Journey
Kim Marie Thorburn
A Lesson from Another Country
Stephen S Spencer
Death Penalty
The Ultimate Violence

 

"Building Violence is a thought provoking record of America’s rapid incarceration in the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. It tells the story, through distinguished justice authorities, that incarceration alone does not work. Violence breeds violence, even in prisons. Every student of criminal justice needs to read this book of essays." 

James A. Gondles, Jr.
Executive Director, American Correctional Association

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