The growth of mass incarceration in the United States eludes neat categorization as a product of the political Right. Liberals played important roles in both laying the foundation for and then participating in the conservative tough on crime movement that is largely credited with the rise of the prison state. But what of those politicians and activists on the Left who reject punitive politics in favor of rehabilitation and a stronger welfare state? Can progressive policies such as these, with their benevolent intentions, nevertheless contribute to the expansion of mass incarceration?
“Progressive Punishment pushes relentlessly and appropriately against the ‘common sense’ understandings of liberal reform that simply exacerbate mass incarceration.”
—Michelle Brown, author of The Culture of Punishment
“Schept’s stunningly original analysis shows how difficult it will be to escape the carceral state we have built over the past four decades. A breakthrough in punishment and society research.”
—Jonathan Simon, author of Mass Incarceration on Trial
“This is a significant contribution that crosses disciplinary boundaries.”
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