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Mass Incarceration: From Social Policy to Social Problem
The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections (2012)
  • Jonathan S Simon, Berkeley Law
Abstract

This article studies the concept of “mass incarceration,” the most relevant feature of criminal justice policy during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It first acknowledges the argument that the temporal and spatial borders of mass incarceration are still not understood properly, and then examines the expansion of U.S. prisons and jails that occurred from 1972 to 2010. From here the discussion turns to the institutions that are responsible for mass incarceration, such as prosecutors and legislations.

Keywords
  • mass incarceration,
  • criminal justice policy,
  • temporal borders,
  • spatial borders,
  • prison expansion,
  • social problem,
  • public policy
Disciplines
Publication Date
April, 2012
Editor
Joan Petersilia and Kevin R. Reitz
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Citation Information
Jonathan S Simon. "Mass Incarceration: From Social Policy to Social Problem" The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jonathan_simon/42/