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Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration

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ISBN: 9780190246440
Author(s): Steven Teles
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 142 x 211 x 28 (w x l x h)
Pages: 256
Series: Studies In Post War American Political Development

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American conservatism rose hand-in-hand with the growth of mass incarceration. For decades, conservatives deployed 'tough on crime' rhetoric to attack liberals as out-of-touch elitists who coddled criminals while the nation spiraled toward disorder. As a result, conservatives have been the motive force in building our vast prison system. Indeed, expanding the number of Americans under lock and key was long a point of pride for politicians on the right - even as the U.S. prison population eclipsed international records. Over the last few years, conservatives in Washington, D.C. and in bright-red states like Georgia and Texas, have reversed course, and are now leading the charge to curb prison growth. In Prison Break, David Dagan and Steve Teles explain how this striking turn of events occurred, how it will affect mass incarceration, and what it teaches us about achieving policy breakthroughs in our polarized age. Combining insights from law, sociology, and political science, Teles and Dagan will offer the first comprehensive account of this major political shift.
In a challenge to the conventional wisdom, they argue that the fiscal pressures brought on by recession are only a small part of the explanation for the conservatives' shift, over-shadowed by Republicans' increasing anti-statism, the waning efficacy of 'tough on crime' politi
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