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The numbers are dazzling: One-third of America’s grownup inhabitants has gone through the felony justice process and now has a legal list. Many extra have been by no means convicted, yet are still topic to surveillance by means of the kingdom. by no means prior to has the yank govt maintained so huge a community of associations devoted completely to the keep watch over and confinement of its citizens.


A provocative evaluation of the modern carceral country for American democracy, Arresting Citizenship argues that the wide succeed in of the legal justice process has essentially recast the relation among citizen and nation, leading to a sizable—and growing—group of second-class voters. From police stops to proceedings and incarceration, at every one level of the felony justice process members belonging to this disempowered team come to adventure a state-within-a-state that displays few of the country’s middle democratic values. via rankings of interviews, besides analyses of survey facts, Amy E. Lerman and Vesla M. Weaver express how this touch with police, courts, and prisons decreases religion within the skill of yank political associations to reply to electorate’ issues and diminishes the feel of complete and equivalent citizenship—even when you haven't been came across accountable of any crime. the consequences of this more and more common touch with the legal justice method are wide-ranging—and pernicious—and Lerman and Weaver move directly to supply concrete proposals for reforms to reincorporate this huge workforce of electorate as lively contributors in American civic and political life.

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