Critical Issues in Crime and Society

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Trapped in a Vice

The Consequences of Confinement for Young People

Rutgers University Press

Trapped in a Vice explores the lives of the young people in the criminal justice system, revealing the ways that they struggle to manage the expectations of that system; these stories from the ground level of the justice system demonstrate the complex exchange of policy and practice.  

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When Riot Cops Are Not Enough

The Policing and Repression of Occupy Oakland

Rutgers University Press

In When Riot Cops Are Not Enough, sociologist Mike King examines the policing, and broader political repression, of the Occupy Oakland movement. King’s active and daily participation in that movement provides a unique insider perspective to illustrate how the Oakland police and city administrators lost the ability to effectively control the movement.  
 

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The Methamphetamine Industry in America

Transnational Cartels and Local Entrepreneurs

Rutgers University Press

 The result of a study stretching from small-town America to Mexican cartels, and from law enforcement officers and drug treatment workers to local dealers and users, this book tells the story of how methamphetamine markets evolved in the United States—and thrived, despite vigorous legal and law enforcement challenges. Through the eyes and words of dealers, users, police officers, and treatment workers, the authors produce a complex picture of the social operation, organization, and meaning of the meth industry in America.

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Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries

Rutgers University Press

Based on five years of ethnography, archival research, census data analysis, and interviews, Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries reveals how the LAPD, city prosecutors, and business owners struggled to control who should be considered “dangerous” and how they should be policed in Los Angeles. Ana Muñiz shows how this influential group used policies and everyday procedures to criminalize behaviors commonly associated with blacks and Latinos and to promote an exceedingly aggressive form of policing.

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Prison and Social Death

Rutgers University Press

A compelling blend of solidarity, civil rights activism, and social research, Prison and Social Death offers a unique look at the American prison and the excessive and unnecessary damage it inflicts on convicts and parolees. Joshua M. Price documents the “social death” that convicts suffer while incarcerated and afterward, drawing upon hundreds of often harrowing interviews conducted with prisoners, parolees, and their families.

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Reading Prisoners

Literature, Literacy, and the Transformation of American Punishment, 1700–1845

Rutgers University Press

Shining new light on early American prison literature, Reading Prisoners weaves together insights about the rise of the early American penitentiary, the history of early American literacy instruction, and the transformation of crime writing in the “long” eighteenth century. Jodi Schorb overturns much conventional wisdom as she illuminates how prisoners first entered print as readers and writers, from the colonial American jail to the early national penitentiary. 

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