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The politics of punishment in America are slowly moving away from the mass incarceration policies of the past

Newburn, Tim (2013) The politics of punishment in America are slowly moving away from the mass incarceration policies of the past. LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog (04 Sep 2013). Website.

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Abstract

Decades of punitive crime policies, frequently linked with the ‘war on drugs’, have given the US the highest incarceration rate in the world, with African Americans vastly overrepresented in the prison population. Tim Newburn argues, however, that there may be some small cause for optimism. In a recent speech, the US Attorney-General, Eric Holder, announced changes to the way offenders would be punished, including a desire to reduce the prison population. In addition to Holder’s speech,, the declining use of the death penalty, falling state-level prison populations, and gradual changes to drugs laws, appear to indicate that the politics of punishment in America are beginning to shift.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 LSE USAPP; Online
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 13:39
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 23:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57198

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