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From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

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ABOUT FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY TO THE WAR ON CRIME

In the United States today, one in every thirty-one adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the “land of the free” become the home of the world’s largest prison system? Challenging the belief that America’s prison problem originated with the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the civil rights era.

ABOUT ELIZABETH HINTON

Elizabeth Hinton is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Yale University and Professor of Law at Yale Law School. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime received widespread acclaim and was named a New York Times Notable Book and one of Oprah Magazine’s “Books to Better Understand the History of Racism in America.”

PRODUCT DETAILS

Item Weight : 1.49 pounds
Paperback : 464 pages
ISBN-10 : 0674979826
ISBN-13 : 978-0674979826
Product Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Publisher : Harvard University Press; Reprint Edition (September 4, 2017)