Download e-book for kindle: Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of by Amy E. Lerman,Vesla M. Weaver

By Amy E. Lerman,Vesla M. Weaver

The numbers are magnificent: One-third of America’s grownup inhabitants has undergone the felony justice process and now has a legal checklist. Many extra have been by no means convicted, yet are still topic to surveillance by way of the kingdom. by no means ahead of has the yank govt maintained so tremendous a community of associations committed exclusively to the regulate and confinement of its citizens.

 

A provocative evaluate of the modern carceral kingdom for American democracy, Arresting Citizenship argues that the wide achieve of the felony justice process has essentially recast the relation among citizen and country, leading to a sizable—and growing—group of second-class voters. From police stops to proceedings and incarceration, at every one degree of the felony justice process members belonging to this disempowered crew come to event a state-within-a-state that displays few of the country’s center democratic values. via ratings of interviews, besides analyses of survey information, Amy E. Lerman and Vesla M. Weaver express how this touch with police, courts, and prisons decreases religion within the ability of yankee political associations to reply to voters’ matters and diminishes the experience of complete and equivalent citizenship—even if you haven't been came across responsible of any crime. the consequences of this more and more widespread touch with the felony justice method are wide-ranging—and pernicious—and Lerman and Weaver move directly to provide concrete proposals for reforms to reincorporate this massive team of voters as energetic members in American civic and political life.

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