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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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Dealing with Concentrated Incarceration

Dealing with Concentrated Incarceration

The Case for Community Justice

(p.175) 8 Dealing with Concentrated Incarceration
Imprisoning Communities

Todd R. Clear

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a way of dealing with concentrated incarceration, focusing on community justice. Given the difficulty of achieving meaningful sentencing reform in the current policy environment, this chapter offers a conceptualization of community justice as an alternative that promises a set of new values that might lead us to new ways of justice. This chapter explains that community justice initiatives could thrive under a regime of reduced imprisonment and they could also contribute to reductions in imprisonment. The elements of community justice include a focus on high-incarceration places, attention to norms and values in those places and attempts to improve schools, jobs, and housing as target.

Keywords:   concentrated incarceration, community justice, sentencing reform, reduced imprisonment, high-incarceration places

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