For nearly 40 years, this classic text has taken the issue of economic inequality seriously and asked: Why are our prisons filled with the poor? Why aren’t the tools of the criminal justice system being used to protect Americans from predatory business practices and to punish well-off people who cause widespread harm?
The Rich Get Richer shows readers that much that goes on in the criminal justice system violates citizens’ sense of basic fairness. It presents extensive evidence from mainstream data that the criminal justice system does not function in the way it says it does nor in the way that readers believe it should. The authors develop a theoretical perspective from which readers might understand these failures and evaluate them morally—and they to do it in a short and relatively inexpensive text written in plain language.
New to this edition:
Introduction: Criminal Justice through the Looking Glass,
or Winning by Losing
Chapter 1 Crime Control in America: Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
Chapter 2 A Crime by Any Other Name . . .
Chapter 3 . . . And the Poor Get Prison
Chapter 4 To the Vanquished Belong the Spoils: Who Is
Winning the Losing War against Crime?
Conclusion: Criminal Justice or Criminal Justice