Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842775394 Published April 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $59.95 ISBN: 9781842775387 Published April 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Creating Criminals

Prisons and People in a Market Society

Vivien Stern

Creating Criminals

Vivien Stern

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2006  
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781842775394 Published April 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $59.95 ISBN: 9781842775387 Published April 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Vivien Stern explains the forces dictating the shape and direction of crime patterns and criminal justice responses globally, arguing that many policies being pursued today, including the so-called war on drugs and economic policies that increase inequality, are actually creating crimes. She argues convincingly that the way forward is not harsher prisons or letting commercial corporations make money out of privatized prisons. Instead, a new criminal justice agenda should involve minimal use of the criminal justice system, with policing accountable to local communities, imprisonment as a last resort, morally educative penalties that benefit victims rather than just punishing the perpetrators, and a renewed emphasis on social justice and economic development that benefits all people.
Contents
List of tables
Foreword and acknowledgements

Introduction
1. Behind the bars - the injustice of the prison
2. Crime and its definition - how just is criminal justice?
3. Crime - a good business? The impact of the free market
4. The 'war on drugs' and migration
5. 'In the name of justice'. Is there a better way?
6. Criminal justice and social justice

Selected further reading
Useful websites
Index
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