From the war on poverty to the war on crime: the making of mass incarceration in America

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Harvard University Press,
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c2016.
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How did the land of the free become the home of the world’s largest prison system? Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: not the War on Drugs of the Reagan administration but the War on Crime that began during Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.
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display_description "In the United States today, one in every 31 adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the "land of the free" become the home of the world's largest prison system? Challenging the belief that America's prison problem originated with the Reagan administration's War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society at the height of the civil rights era. Johnson's War on Poverty policies sought to foster equality and economic opportunity. But these initiatives were also rooted in widely shared assumptions about African Americans' role in urban disorder, which prompted Johnson to call for a simultaneous War on Crime. The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act empowered the national government to take a direct role in militarizing local police. Federal anticrime funding soon incentivized social service providers to ally with police departments, courts, and prisons. Under Richard Nixon and his successors, welfare programs fell by the wayside while investment in policing and punishment expanded. Anticipating future crime, policy makers urged states to build new prisons and introduced law enforcement measures into urban schools and public housing, turning neighborhoods into targets of police surveillance. By the 1980s, crime control and incarceration dominated national responses to poverty and inequality. The initiatives of that decade were less a sharp departure than the full realization of the punitive transformation of urban policy implemented by Republicans and Democrats alike since the 1960s."--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facet Crime -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Crime prevention -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Criminal justice, Administration of -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Imprisonment -- United States, Urban policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century
title_display From the war on poverty to the war on crime : the making of mass incarceration in America
title_full From the war on poverty to the war on crime : the making of mass incarceration in America / Elizabeth Hinton
title_short From the war on poverty to the war on crime :
title_sub the making of mass incarceration in America