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Introduction: From Mass Imprisonment to Decarceration and Justice Disinvestment, William G. Martin Chapter 1: The Prison Town Boom and Bust in the Empire State, William G. Martin, John Major Eason, and Luis R. Gonzalez Chapter 2: Media and the New War on Drugs: Governing through Meth, Kevin Revier, Chungse Jung, and William G. Martin Chapter 3: From the Carceral Leviathan to the Police State: Policing Decarceration in New York State, Brendan McQuade Chapter 4: Serving Two Masters? Reentry Task Forces and Justice Disinvestment, Joshua M. Price Chapter 5: Is This What Decarceration Looks Like? Rising Jail Incarceration in Upstate New York, Andrew J. Pragacz Conclusion: A New Reconstruction?, Joshua M. Price and William G. Martin

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William G. Martin and Joshua M. Price are professors in the Sociology Department of the State University of New York at Binghamton.


After Prisons? is a remarkable book for several reasons. First of all, it remains strong from start to finish. Every chapter offers disciplined research and fresh ideas. Second, unlike the vast majority of books on criminal justice, this volume doesn't focus on high profile states, cities or the federal government. This is about criminal justice in small, rural counties in upstate New York. But most importantly, this book departs seriously from what is becoming the orthodoxy in criminal justice `reform' - that a steady, policy wonk-driven set of `smart' changes will peel back the carceral state. After Prisons? decisively contests that notion.... All told, this volume represents a monumental contribution to current debates, combining rigorous research focusing on spaces we rarely hear about and a political breadth of vision sorely lacking among the majority of people theorizing on what they call `criminal justice reform.'.... [F]or those seeking systemic change and transformation in the realm of criminal justice, this is an absolute must read.... Clearly this book takes a giant step in helping us to make sense of the current state of play. * Daily Kos *
After Prisons? takes on one of the most pressing questions of our time: What is to be done in the wake of mass incarceration and our historic prison building boom? The typical answer-from activists, policy makers, well-meaning scholars seizing the bi-partisan reform moment-is decarceration. But what does this look like? How does it unfold? What are its consequences? What can be done about them? Drawing lessons from the Empire State, After Prisons? is among the first major works to critically examine these questions. Beautifully written and carefully researched, this book has implications for police reform, reentry policy and practice, the closing of prisons, the future of prison towns, how and whom we jail, and how we understand crime, violence, addiction, and poverty. After Prisons? is required reading for anyone serious about understanding crime control in the United States. Three cheers for After Prisons! -- Reuben Miller, University of Michigan

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