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Addicted to Incarceration


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Foreword by Michael D. Reisig SECTION ONE: 1. Introduction 2. The Politics of Punishment in the United States SECTION TWO: 3. Misinformation About the Crime Problem 4. Misinformation About Public Opinion 5. Misinformation About Prisons and Crime Control SECTION THREE: 6. The Social Costs of Incarceration 7. Conclusions and Recommendations References

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Travis C. Pratt received his degrees from Clark College, Washington State University (BA, Political Science; MA, Criminal Justice), and the University of Cincinnati (PhD, Criminal Justice). He has served on the faculty of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark, was the Director of the Program in Criminal Justice at Washington State University, and a Professor the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He is currently a Fellow with the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. His research and publications focus primarily on structural and integrated theories of crime and delinquency (including macro-level, multilevel, and individual-level approaches to the study of criminal/deviant behavior) and correctional policy (both institutional and community corrections). He has published over 100 articles that have appeared in the leading peer-reviewed journals in the field, including: Crime and Justice: A Review of Research; Criminology; Journal of Youth and Adolescence; Journal of Pediatrics; Journal of Quantitative Criminology; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency; and, Justice Quarterly. He received the 2006 Ruth Shonle Cavan Outstanding Young Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology for his research and scholarship.


"Excellent supplemental text for my course! Examples are great- very accessible, readable book." -- Dr. Sue Escobar * Adoption Reply Card *

In Addicted to Incarceration, Pratt (2009) skillfully highlights the sources of propaganda that result in the continued overuse of incarceration as the main source of punishment in the United States.

-- Bright Sarfo

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