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Imprisoning Communities: How Mass Incarceration Makes Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Worse

Todd R Clear


At no time in history, and certainly in no other democratic society, have prisons been filled so quickly and to such capacity than in the United States. And nowhere has this growth been more concentrated than in the disadvantaged—and primarily minority—neighborhoods of America's largest urban cities. In the most impoverished places, as much as 20% of the adult men are locked up on any given day, and there is hardly a family without a father, son, brother, or uncle who has not been behind bars. While the effects of going to and returning home from prison are well-documented, little attention ha ... More

Keywords: disadvantaged neighborhoods, impoverished places, removal, incarceration, children, community justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305791
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305791.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd R Clear, author
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York