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Decarcerating America ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Decarcerating America Author Ernest Drucker – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Mass incarceration will end there is an emerging consensus that we've been locking up too many people for too long But with than 22 million Americans behind bars right now how do we go about bringing Mass incarceration will end there is an emerging consensus that we've been locking up too many people for too long But with than million Americans behind bars right now how do we go about bringing people home Decarcerating America collects some of the leading thinkers in the criminal justice reform movement to strategize about how to cure America of its epidemic of mass punishmentWith sections on front end approaches as well as improving prison conditions and re entry the book includes pieces by leaders across the criminal justice reform movement Danielle Sered of Common Justice describes successful programs for youth with violent offenses; Robin Steinberg of the Bronx Defenders argues for resources for defense attorneys to diminish plea bargains; Kathy Boudin suggests changes to the parole model; Jeannie Little offers an alternative for mental health and drug addiction issues; and Eric Lotke offers models of new industries to replace the prison economy Editor Ernest Drucker applies the tools of epidemiology to help us cure what he calls a plague of prisonsDecarcerating America will be an indispensable roadmap as the movement to challenge incarceration in America gains critical mass it shows us how to get people out of prisons and the appropriate responses to crime The ideas presented in this volume are what we are fighting for when we fight against the New Jim Crow.


7 thoughts on “Decarcerating America

  1. Martha Anne Toll Martha Anne Toll says:

    Here's my review for NPR on this book


  2. Blythe Blythe says:

    This was an excellent read thoughtfully organized into the three components of decarceration primary prevention less people in the system to start less prison time; secondary prevention giving people resources and safety while in the system; tertiary Prevention preparing people for reentry addressing the needs of the prison town I think my main takeaways were 1 well I already knew this but America is not free it actually incarcerates people than any other country And we have spent and continue to spend tons of money locking way people up than everybody else skyrocketing in the 80s and 90s 2 Prison does not rehabilitate Prison is not designed to help you with your drug problems or emotional problems or your financial problems it only exacerbates them The court system does not make victims feel heard and it does not make them feel safer because 95% of people are eventually released and no one thinks accurately that a person comes out better and stable after being in the system 3 We cannot exclude violent crimes when we talk about decarceration Just as people with debilitating drug problems have underlying issues that cause the problem people who commit violent crimes are often the victims of violence Prison is also limited as a tool because incarceration treats violence as a problem of dangerous individuals and not as a problem of social context and history Most violence is not just a matter of individual pathology it is created Poverty drives violence Ineuity drives violence Lack of opportunity drives violence Shame and isolation drive violence And like so many conditions known all too well to public health professionals violence itself drives violenceThe four core causes of violence are shame isolation exposure to violence and diminished ability to meet one's economic needs One might argue that the core defining features of prison are shame isolation exposure to violence and diminished ability to meet one's economic needs Mostly it was just an in depth analysis of every perspective of the situation and a LOT of solutions that have been implemented both by advocates families and the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated It addresses community needs those communities who are most affected by incarceration and those communities in which prison is the primary source of income for the town It talked about what victims actually want to be heard to understand what happened and to have it validated to have amends made as much as possible and to feel like it will never happen again to them or anyone else and how few of those needs are met with incarceration We just have to be merciful and forgiving and understanding We have to Even if you're only worried about money and your own personal safety there is outrageous amounts of data backing up the reality that we're wasting TONS of money only to exacerbate the situation and punish people who are already being punished by life But we could invest it in actual rehabilitation which would be cheaper in the long run because people could take care of themselves We need to make our end goal entirely to achieve maximum safety and wellness for everyone and not just feed our own desire to punish against all research and data and compassion In the case of mass incarceration I think we've proven ourselves to be sadistic I have by no means summarized the book There is a lot of interesting data and it certainly changed and broadened and deepened the way I think about incarceration as a conceptI'll close with this the fundamental problem at the root of the mass incarceration crisis the belief in revenge and permanent punishment as a path to public safety


  3. Josh Josh says:

    375 ishInteresting read on a very controversial nuanced and complicated topic Contains a number of shorter essays from academics activists formerly incarcerated individuals and others Research heavy with piles of end notes in each section this addresses the history current state and future of incarceration in the US as well as guidance to approach drug use and violence causes for incarceration from a public health perspective not a criminal justice one Additionally this work looks at opportunities for a holistic approach towards working with individuals that would otherwise end up in contact with the criminal justice prison systems Wraps up with an interesting perspective on the pull nature of incarceration and how small communities that rely on prisons as their major employer have an out sized influence on policies that lead to longer sentences and higher rates of incarceration especially as it pertains to for profit prisonsWould recommend


  4. Carl Carl says:

    A collection of articles by people variously familiar with different aspects of our system of mass incarceration Topics include outlandishly compared to the rest of the world long sentencing absence of rehabilitative services difficulties imposed on the families especially children of the incarcerated nonresponsiveness of parole boards difficulties adjusting to conditions of release kpeeing prisoners under lock key who have long passed the age associated with violence recidivism and how to replace jobs revenue from closed facilities of incarceration Some articles are well reasoned and well written some not so much


  5. Perry Perry says:

    this book will be relevant for years to come because it is solutions focused rather than pure critiue well organized without redundancies or overlap that are often pitfalls for easy collections a great mix of authors including a formerly incarcerated activist and judges so perspective is a key element of interest for the reader i would definitely recommend this as essential reading for anyone interested in issues of incarceration or abolition looking forward to reading drucker as well


  6. Joelle Joelle says:

    each chapter of this book lays out now only an irresistible case for ending mass incarceration but the tangible steps and plans that activists formerly incarcerated people and researchers are already taking particularly challenging around moving beyond solely focusing on ending the war on drugs or ending incarceration for only “non violent offenders” big recommendation from me adding to the to buy list


  7. Craig Craig says:

    Excellent overview of the issue of crime and punishment in the US with concrete examples of pathways to reform Research based with plenty of footnotes for further study


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