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Author Sherry, Michael S., 1945- author.

Title The punitive turn in American life how the United States learned to fight crime like a war / Michael S. Sherry
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2020
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Contents The crisis of a militarized order, 1963-1969 -- War on crime in Vietnam's wake, 1969-1973 -- The uncertain advance of the punitive turn, 1974-1981 -- The triumph of militarized crime-fighting, 1981-1993 -- The sprawling punitive turn, 1993-2001 -- The punitive turn in an age of vengeance, 2001-2009 -- Reversal or redirection? 2009-2017
Summary "In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson insisted that 'the policeman is the frontline soldier in our war against crime,' and police forces, arms makers, policy makers, and crime experts heeded this call to arms, bringing weapons and practices from the arena of war back home. The Punitive Turn in American Life offers a political and cultural history of the ways in which punishment and surveillance have moved to the center of American life and become imbued with militarized language and policies"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Intelligence service -- United States.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Political aspects.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
Intelligence service.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1469660725