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Punishing race : a continuing American dilemma, Michael Tonry

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Punishing race : a continuing American dilemma
Title
Punishing race
Title remainder
a continuing American dilemma
Statement of responsibility
Michael Tonry
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
How can it be, in a nation that elected Barack Obama, that one third of African American males born in 2001 will spend time in a state or federal prison, and that black men are seven times likelier than white men to be in prison? Blacks are much more likely than whites to be stopped by the police, arrested, prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned, and are much less likely to have confidence in justice system officials, especially the police. In Punishing Race, Michael Tonry demonstrates in lucid, accessible language that these patterns result not from racial differences in crime or drug use but primarily from drug and crime control policies that disproportionately affect black Americans. These policies in turn stem from a lack of white empathy for black people, and from racial stereotypes and resentments provoked partly by the Republican Southern Strategy of using coded "law and order" appeals to race to gain support from white voters. White Americans, Tonry observes, have a remarkable capacity to endure the suffering of disadvantaged black and, increasingly, Hispanic men. Crime policies are among a set of social policies enacted since the 1960s that have maintained white dominance over black people despite the end of legal discrimination. To redress these injustices, Tonry offers a number of proposals: stop racial profiling by the police, shift the emphasis of drug law enforcement to treatment and prevention, eliminate mandatory sentencing laws, and change sentencing guidelines to allow judges discretion to take account of offenders' life circumstances. Those proposals are all attainable and would all reduce unjustifiable racial disparities and the collateral human and social harms they cause. A damning indictment of decades of misguided criminal justice policy, Punishing Race takes a crucial look at persisting racial injustice in America."Michael Tonry's discussion and explanation of the racial disparities in prison, including black arrests for drug offenses, will change the way we think about fairness in our criminal justice system. Punishing Race is replete with original insights on how contemporary crime and drug policies have been shaped by a political climate that reflects America's unique history of race relations. Tonry documents the adverse racial effects of these policies and shows how they can be changed to do less unnecessary future harm to African Americans. This authoritative book is a must read."--William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University"With Punishing Race, Michael Tonry has once again shown us why he must be counted among America's foremost criminologists. The topic of this book could not be more important, its appearance at this moment could not be more timely, nor could Tonry's mastery of his subject be more impressively complete. If you want to understand the historical, political, and sociological roots of the mess we Americans have gotten ourselves into with our criminal justice policies, and if you want help in thinking about how we might get out of that mess, then you simply must read this book."-Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Professor of Economics and of Public Policy, Brown University"Punishing Race dramatically shows how politicians, playing on a long h
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tonry, Michael H
Dewey number
364.973089
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9950
LC item number
.T667 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Crime and race
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Crime and race
  • Criminal justice, Administration of
  • Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • United States
Label
Punishing race : a continuing American dilemma, Michael Tonry
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1: A Continuing American Dilemma; 2: Imprisonment; 3: Drugs; 4: Race, Bias, and Politics; 5: Ideology, Moralism, and Government; 6: Doing Less Harm; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W
Control code
ocn808344338
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 204 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282135284
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o808344338
  • (OCoLC)808344338
Label
Punishing race : a continuing American dilemma, Michael Tonry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1: A Continuing American Dilemma; 2: Imprisonment; 3: Drugs; 4: Race, Bias, and Politics; 5: Ideology, Moralism, and Government; 6: Doing Less Harm; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W
Control code
ocn808344338
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 204 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781282135284
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o808344338
  • (OCoLC)808344338

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