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"For nearly forty years the United States has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. Our prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading- relying on racist gangs, lockdowns, and Supermax-style segregation units to maintain a tenuous order. Mass Incarceration on Trial examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditions- culminating in Brown v. Plata, decided in May 2011 by the U.S. Supreme Court- that has opened an unexpected escape route from this trap of "tough on crime" politics. This set of rulings points toward values that could restore legitimate order to American prisons and, ultimately, lead to the demise of mass incarceration. Simon argues that much like the school segregation cases of the last century, these new cases represent a major breakthrough in jurisprudence- moving us from a hollowed-out vision of civil rights to the threshold of human rights and giving court backing for the argument that, because the conditions it creates are fundamentally cruel and unusual, mass incarceration is inherently unconstitutional." -- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-197) and index.
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Introduction:Inhuman punishment Total incapacitation : the 1970s and the birth of an extreme penology The house of fear : dignity and risk in Madrid v. Gomez Engines of madness : Coleman v. Wilson Torture on the installment plan : prisons without medicine in Plata v. Davis Places of extreme peril : Coleman-Plata v. Schwarzenegger and California's prisons in the era of chronic hyper-overcrowding Dignity cascade : Brown v. Plata and mass incarceration as a human rights problem The new common sense of high-crime societies.