Review by Choice Review
This thought-provoking book contains 14 essays that explore the far-reaching collateral damages and socioeconomic consequences of tough-on-crime policies, especially on minority communities, and what needs to be done to repair the damage and move forward. The contributors include, as expected, a cast of well-known academics in the fields of criminology, law, sociology, political science, and geography. Chapters by a number of practitioners and activists whose perspectives and experiences are not often encountered in books of this kind round out the collection. The authors raise a range of controversies and tensions embedded within criminal justice practices without being excessively polemical. Though the book provides little new data, it is strong on compelling argument and analysis. Undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars will find it a stimulating read. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. D. Green John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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