The most punitive era in American history reached its apex in the 1990s, but the trend has reversed in recent years. Smart on Crime: The Struggle to Build a Better American Penal System examines the factors causing this dramatic turnaround. It relates and echoes the increasing need and desire on the part of actors in the American government system
Preface. Acknowledgments. Smart on Crime Politics. Collapse of the Rehabilitative Model and Rise of the Tough on Crime Coalition. Crisis and Opportunity in American Penal System. Prisoner Reentry and the Politics of the Second Chance Act. Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Texas. Ohio. California. Evaluating the Smart on Crime Movement. References. Index.