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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 Concentrated Incarceration

The Problem of Concentrated Incarceration

(p.3) 1 The Problem of Concentrated Incarceration
Imprisoning Communities

Todd R. Clear

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the problems associated with concentrated incarceration. It discusses the increase in prison population and suggests that incarceration does more damage than good, including increases in crime. It also argues that incarceration has become part of its own dynamic and that it has grown to the point that it now produces the very social problems on which it feeds. It contends that it is not possible to reform sentencing procedures without reconceptualizing the correctional project itself.

Keywords:   concentrated incarceration, prison population, crime, social problems, sentencing procedures, correctional project

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