Going up the River

Going up the River

Travels in A Prison Nation

Book - 2001
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The American prison system has grown tenfold in thirty years, while crime rates have been relatively flat: 2 million people are behind bars on any given day, more prisoners than in any other country in the world — half a million more than in Communist China, and the largest prison expansion the world has ever known. In Going Up The River, Joseph Hallinan gets to the heart of America’s biggest growth industry, a self-perpetuating prison-industrial complex that has become entrenched without public awareness, much less voter consent. He answers, in an extraordinary way, the essential question: What, in human terms, is the price we pay? He has looked for answers to that question in every corner of the “prison nation,” a world far off the media grid — the America of struggling towns and cities left behind by the information age and desperate for jobs and money. Hallinan shows why the more prisons we build, the more prisoners we create, placating everyone at the expense of the voiceless prisoners, who together make up one of the largest migrations in our nation’s history.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the nationwide social and economic impact of the increasingly high precentage of Americans who have spent or will spend time in prison.

Baker
& Taylor

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist crosses the nation to document the nation's booming prison business, the people caught up in the system, and potential implications of the staggering growth in the number of American prisons and prisoners. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
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ISBN: 9780375502637
0375502637
Branch Call Number: 365.973 HAL
Characteristics: xvii, 262 p. ; 25 cm

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