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Imprisoning CommunitiesHow Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse$
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Todd R Clear

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305791.001.0001

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The Problem of Mass Incarceration Concentrated in Poor Places

The Problem of Mass Incarceration Concentrated in Poor Places

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(p.49) 3 The Problem of Mass Incarceration Concentrated in Poor Places
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Imprisoning Communities
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Todd R. Clear

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305791.003.0003

This chapter looks at how prison populations have come to reflect a concentrated experience among certain subgroups in the U.S. population. It describes imprisonment both nationally and in Tallahassee, Florida. It suggests that there is nothing “equal opportunity” about prison and that accidents of birth play an enormous role in determining the possibility of imprisonment during a person's life. It also argues that the single most disturbing aspect of incarceration policy in the U.S. is its inequitable social consequences.

Keywords:   prison population, U.S., Tallahassee, Florida, birth, imprisonment, incarceration, social consequences

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