Lockdown-americast. frontcover. Lockdown America. Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis. by Christian Parenti. Paperback; Hardback. Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons. In , Christian Parenti, author of the excellent Lockdown America: Police And Prisons in the Age of Crisis, delivered a talk at the Stop The ACA(American.

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Christian Parenti is an idiot. His description of Fresno’s VCSU is wrong and his accounting of their tactics probably resulted from a long night of paranoia shrouded marijuana smoking. The other two segments focus on two groups who are on the front lines of crime policy–the police and prisons.

Lockdown America not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the kockdown of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. To Parenti, agressive policing is a sop to yuppies and “gentrification” proponents so that the well-to-do can walk to their corner Starbucks unmolested. Parenti is a gifted writer, and the criminal justice system has long needed an expose of this type.

Parenti ranges far and wide by giving a sound structural analysis as to why police and their paramilitary style tactics have oversaturated our streets. She didn’t return fire because to do so without having a suspect ;arenti sight would have been criminal, possibly endangering innocent people sleeping in their homes. Its accessible and vivid prose makes clear the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Why does the United States currently have one paretni the highest rates of incarceration in the world, with over 1.

Paarenti, the book bogs down in doctinaire leftist rhetoric, as he blames the situation not on bungling and cheap demagoguery, but on a deliberate plan by the capitalist moneyed locmdown. Top Reviews Most recent Top Amerifa.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Lockdwon a customer review. As mentioned above, the most accurate and satisfying aspect of the book is the manner in which it intelligently ties a politico-economic critique into its analysis of criminal justice sic. Where was this moron when VCSU officers were risking their lives to bring Fresno gang violence under control?

He’d do better to write fantasy fiction than this nonsense. Parenti provides a very thorough account of this process as well as a realistic portrayal of an American prison life characterized by rape, torture, gangs, and prisoners as a source of labor. From Crisis to Rollback.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Verso; Underlining edition September 17, Language: Even his account of Myrna Loran’s shooting incident is completely wrong. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Lockdown America documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the war on drugs.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Please try again later. No suspect lockcown identified because the suspect was a coward hiding behind shrubbery under cover of darkness. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Parenti, a former radio journalist and now a professor at the New College of California, argues that capitalism implies and demands a certain amount of poverty; the powers that be then respond by incarcerating drug users, the underclass, and ameria relatively powerless persons.

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Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? While his book is not a complete picture of the crime issue–he is somewhat short on solutions–his account is a valuable complement to the more policy-oriented work of Cole or Currie.

Parenti has done an excellent and extremely thorough job of documenting the mess that we’ve gotten into with the current “lock ’em up” mentality of the justice system. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


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Other editions – View all Lockdown America: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Prison as Abbattoir Official Terror. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Crime is real, and, as anyone who lives in a city can attest, the fear of it is also real–not just for whites but, to an even greater extent, for law-abiding blacks.

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Christian Parenti’s “Lockdown America” is one of many excellent recent books on crime policy. She didn’t “flee without a,erica fire”, she drove out of the area after reporting the direction the shots were coming from. Read more Read less. Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis. That said, this is an important book, and well worth reading and discussing.

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His account is sterngthened by his placement of crime policy in a broader context of important social and economic trends such as growing income inequality and the decline of manufacturing employment, especially in large cities. Economics and politics are often at the crux of most social problems; Parenti understands this and gives the reader an intellectually fascinating and stimulating journey documenting just how our country has lockdonw transformed over the last thirty years into a civil libertarian’s nightmare.

Don’t read this trash, it’s an insult to intelligent people everywhere. In this important book, Parenti surveys the rise of the prison industrial complex from the Nixon through Reagan eras and into the present. Account Options Sign in. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Christian Parenti is an idiot.