This short text, ideal for Social Problems and Criminal Justice courses, examines the American prison system, its conditions, and its impact on society. Wehr and Aseltine define the prison industrial complex and explain how the current prison system is a contemporary social problem. They conclude by using California as a case study, and propose alternatives and alterations to the prison system.
Acknowledgements Section I: The Prison Industrial Complex: Principles, Processes, Products 1. Introduction 2. The Prison Industrial Complex: Social functions of crime and prisons 3. Elaborating the Prison Industrial Complex: Race, class, gender, and social control Section II: Crime and Incarceration in the 21st Century 4. The Troubling Conditions in Prisons 5. Consequences of Prisons for the Community Section III: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex 6. Reforming the Prison Industiral Complex: The case of California 7. Conclusion: Framing alternatives Glossary/Index
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