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Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity

Armando Lara-Millán


This book argues that the changes taking place in the United States’ largest jails and public hospitals have been drastically misunderstood. And more generally, the way that states govern urban poverty at the turn of the twenty-first century has been misunderstood as well. It is widely believed that because US society has divested in public health, the sick and poor now find themselves subject to powerful criminal justice institutions. Rather than focus on the underinvestment of health and overinvestment of criminal justice, this book argues that the fundamental problem of the state is a persi ... More

Keywords: state, mass incarceration, hospital, jail, police, poverty governance, law, austerity, mental illness, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197507896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197507896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Armando Lara-Millán, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley