Is America really so punitive? : exploring a continuum of U.S. state criminal justice policies / Besiki Kutateladze
- Kutateladze, Besiki, 1976-
- El Paso : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2009.
- Physical Description:
- vii, 297 pages ; 23 cm.
- Criminal justice : recent scholarship
- Previous works on punitiveness -- What is "state punitiveness"? -- Pt. 1. Political and symbolic punishment -- Pt. 2. Incarceration -- Pt. 3. Punishing "immorality" -- Pt. 4. Conditions of confinement -- Pt. 5. Juvenile justice -- What I have found -- Last thoughts on punitiveness.
- "Kutateladze explores variations in punitiveness among American states. He uses state punitiveness to refer to criminal justice policies that target suspects, defendants, convicts, inmates, and releases. Based on the examination of 44 variables across 50 states and the four regions, into which these states were grouped, Florida emerged as the most punitive, and Maine as the least punitive. The study also suggests that the American South is highly punitive, the West and the Midwest moderately punitive, and the Northeast relatively non-punitive. The success of this method in measuring state punitiveness suggests that the instrument may be useful for both within-nation and between-nation comparisons."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9781593323950 (alk. paper)
1593323956 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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