Over the last 35 years, the US penal system has grown at a rate unprecedented in US history five times larger than in the past and grossly out of scale with the rest of the world This growth was part of a sustained and intentional effort to get tough on crime, and characterizes a time when no policy options were acceptable save for those that increased penalties In ThOver the last 35 years, the US penal system has grown at a rate unprecedented in US history five times larger than in the past and grossly out of scale with the rest of the world This growth was part of a sustained and intentional effort to get tough on crime, and characterizes a time when no policy options were acceptable save for those that increased penalties In The Punishment Imperative, eminent criminologists Todd R Clear and Natasha A Frost argue that America s move to mass incarceration from the 1960s to the early 2000s was than just a response to crime or a collection of policies adopted in isolation it was a grand social experiment Tracing a wide array of trends related to the criminal justice system, The Punishment Imperative charts the rise of penal severity in America and speculates that a variety of forces fiscal, political, and evidentiary have finally come together to bring this great social experiment to an end Clear and Frost stress that while the doubling of the crime rate in the late 1960s represented one of the most pressing social problems at the time, this is not what served as a foundation for the great punishment experiment Rather, it was the way crime posed a political problem and thereby offered a political opportunity that became the basis for the great rise in punishment The authors claim that the punishment imperativeis a particularly insidious social experiment because the actual goal was never articulated, the full array of consequences was never considered, and the momentum built even as the forces driving the policy shifts diminished Clear and Frost argue that the public s growing realization that the severe policies themselves, not growing crime rates, were the main cause of increased incarceration eventually led to a surge of interest in taking a rehabilitative, pragmatic, and cooperative approach to dealing with criminal offenders The Punishment Imperative cautions that the legacy of the grand experiment of the past forty years will be difficult to escape However, the authors suggest that the United States now stands at the threshold of a new era in penal policy, and they offer several practical and pragmatic policy solutions to changing the criminal justice system s approach to punishment Part historical study, part forward looking policy analysis, The Punishment Imperative is a compelling study of a generation of crime and punishment in America Todd R Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University He is the author of Imprisoning Communities and What Is Community Justice and the founding editor of the journal Criminology Public Policy Backed up by the best science, Todd Clear and Natasha Frost make a compelling case for why the nation s forty year embrace of the punitive spirit has been morally bankrupt and endangered public safety But this is far than an expose of correctional failure Recognizing that a policy turning point is at hand, Clear and Frost provide a practical blueprint for choosing a different correctional future counsel that is wise and should be widely followed Francis T Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
The Punishment Imperative The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America Over the last years the US penal system has grown at a rate unprecedented in US history five times larger than in the past and grossly out of scale with the rest of the world This growth was part
The Punishment Imperative The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America by Todd R Clear Natasha A Frost is a critical look at the failure of the correctional measure adopted in the United States, and argued that the system which has been dominant for than a generation, has now run its course The book is academic in nature and should be read by policy makers involved in the correctional system.The book consists of seven informative and perceptive chapters, which includes The Beginning of [...]
bookreviewsbyme2.wordpressThe book started out a little slow, with the first chapter being a little technical and difficult to immerse into By the second chapter though, things begin to pick up The flow of the book comes together and the information is a lot easier to process By the end of the book, I was really into it and couldn t put it down If you find yourself unable to stop reading, don t worry, this book is an extremely quick read and only took me about a day to finish.There is a lot of i [...]
This is a subject I find completely interesting and a topic that I think is important for most Americans to know about and discuss There is no argument that the prison population in the US is growing at an astonishing rate and this book is one of the better attempts I have read in explaining why things are the way they are.The writing style of this book isn t bad In fact in comparison to many books focusing on sociological studies it does an excellent job of presenting information in a conversat [...]
The book did seem really repetitive but with an argument, you want to drive the point home That goes without saying there was A LOT of information in this book Although it makes me angry reading these types of books because I reflect on the inequality which is the point , I did enjoy reading this book I had a couple of good conversations with other people who had read the book in my class too and it brought up new viewpoints for me.
devastating critique of criminal justice in the U.S describes the almost absurd if they weren t so tragic outcomes of 40 years of poorly evidenced, racially motivated, politically expedient innovations in sentencing the only good news is that in the past few years, some states might have started getting things moving in the direction of simple justice and even effectiveness.
The punishment system we ve had it s clear from the book hasn t worked Recommended read.