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Hagan, John, 1946-
Who are the criminals? : the politics of crime policy from the age of Roosevelt to the age of Reagan / John Hagan
Alternate Title Politics of crime policy from the age of Roosevelt to the age of Reagan
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2010
book jacket
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Subject(s) Crime -- Government policy -- United States
Crime -- United States
Criminal justice, Administration of -- United States
Physical Description [xi], 301 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [271]-291) and index
Contents Washington crime stories -- The President's secret crime report -- Street crimes and suite misdemeanors -- Explaining crime in the age of Roosevelt -- Explaining crime in the age of Reagan -- Framing the fears of the streets -- Framing the freeing of the suites -- Crime wars, war crimes, and state crimes -- The age of Obama?
Summary How Did the United States go from being a country that tries to rehabilitate street criminals and prevent white collar crime to one that harshly punishes common lawbreakers while at the same time encouraging corporate crime through a massive deregulation of business? Why do street criminals get stiff prison sentences, a practice that has led to the disaster of mass incarceration, while white collar criminals, who arguably harm more people, get slaps on the wrist, if they are prosecuted at all? In this book the author, one of America's leading criminologists provides new answers to these vitally important questions by telling how the politicization of crime in the twentieth century transformed and distorted crime policymaking and led Americans to fear street crime too much and corporate crime too little. The author argues that the recent history of American criminal justice can be divided into two eras, the age of Roosevelt (roughly 1933 to 1973) and the age of Reagan (1974 to 2008). A focus on rehabilitation, corporate regulation, and the social roots of crime in the earlier period was dramatically reversed in the later era. In the age of Reagan, the focus shifted to the harsh treatment of street crimes, especially drug offenses, which disproportionately affected minorities and the poor and resulted in wholesale imprisonment. At the same time, a massive deregulation of business provided new opportunities, incentives, and even rationalizations for white collar crime, and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. The time for moving beyond Reagan era crime policies is long overdue, he argues. The understanding of crime must be reshaped and we must reconsider the relative harms and punishments of street and corporate crimes. -- From book jacket

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