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Author Dyer, Joel.

Title The perpetual prisoner machine : how America profits from crime / by Joel Dyer
Published Boulder, Colo : Westview Press, 2000
Boulder, Colo Westview Press, 2000


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Description x, 318 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction -- 1. A new commodity -- 2. The crime gap -- 3. Violence for profit -- 4. Manufacturing fear -- 5. The politics of public opinion -- the weapons of war -- 7. Collateral damage -- 8. Same old logic, same old problems -- 9. The hidden costs of private prisons -- 10. Sidestepping the restraints of democracy -- 11. Pulling the plug
Summary "In The Perpetual Prisoner Machine, author Joel Dyer takes a critical look at the United States' criminal justice system as we enter the new millennium. America has more than tripled its prison population since 1980 even though crime rates have been either flat or declining. If crime rates aren't going up, why is the prison population? The Perpetual Prisoner Machine provides the answer to this question, and shockingly, it has little to do with crime or justice. The answer is "profit"."--BOOK JACKET. "The Perpetual Prisoner Machine explains how the new prison-industrial complex has capitalized upon the public's fear of crime - which has its origins in violent media content - to help bring about the "hard on crime" policies that have led to our prison-filling, and therefore profitable "war on crime.""--BOOK JACKET. "Dyer concludes that powerful, market driven forces have manipulated America into fighting a very real war against an imaginary foe."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-308) and index
Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Crime -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Fear of crime -- United States.
Imprisonment -- United States.
Corrections -- Contracting out -- United States.
LC no. bbb99045576
ISBN 0813335078 (alkaline paper)