American Furies Large Print Edition: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment (Paperback)
|Author: Sasha Abramsky|
|How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons--and its terrible costs.|
In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance.
Surveying this state of affairs -- life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles--Abramsky asks: Does the vengeful impulse ennoble our culture or demean it? California's Three Strikes law typifies the politics that exploit the grief of victims' families and our fears of violent crime. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, AMERICAN FURIES shows that the ehtos of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" has enormous social costs.
Journalist Sasha Abramsky presents a through and perceptive investigative report on the U.S. prison system, which is huge and growing, and which has little or no relation to any true concept of justice. Abramsky examines several key topics, including overly-long sentences for non-violent crimes, overcrowding and brutality, and the trend toward privatizing prisons. He also charges that the prisons are used to dehumanize and oppress a large sector of the population, exposing just how the system affects people while they are in it and long afterward. The prison system reflects a vindictive society that is itself debased by it, and he pulls no punches in this comprehensive, well-researched wake up call to a nation that, in his view, prefers to look away from the problem.