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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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Communities, Coercive Mobility, and Public Safety

Communities, Coercive Mobility, and Public Safety

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Imprisoning Communities

Todd R. Clear

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that high levels of incarceration can damage social networks and social capital, increasing disorganization by impeding other forms of control. It explains that high incarceration rates can contribute to high rates of criminal violence fostering a variety of social problems including inequality, a deterioration of family life, economic and political alienation, and social disorganization. It also argues that high levels of incarceration results in a reduction in social cohesion and a lessening of those communities' capacity for self-regulation.

Keywords:   incarceration, social networks, social capital, criminal violence, social problems, inequality, family life, political alienation, social disorganization, self-regulation

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