Unusually Cruel Prisons, Punishment, and the Real American Exceptionalism
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- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 07/03/2017
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
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In Unusually Cruel, Marc Morjé Howard argues that the United States' prison system is exceptional-in a truly shameful way. Although other scholars have focused on the internal dynamics that have produced this massive carceral system, Howard provides the first sustained comparative analysis that shows just how far the US prison system lies outside of the norm of established democracies. The book compares the US to other advanced industrialized democracies, with particular focus on the three comparative cases of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Although Unusually Cruel paints a grim picture of the American system, it also provides a hopeful message. Howard identifies practical and proven solutions from other countries that are less punitive and more productive, as well as models that could help the US get out of its criminal justice quagmire.