Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences Of American Crime Control

Paperback | June 9, 2014

byAmy E. Lerman, Vesla M. Weaver

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The numbers are staggering: One-third of America’s adult population has passed through the criminal justice system and now has a criminal record. Many more were never convicted, but are nonetheless subject to surveillance by the state. Never before has the American government maintained so vast a network of institutions dedicated solely to the control and confinement of its citizens.
 
A provocative assessment of the contemporary carceral state for American democracy, Arresting Citizenship argues that the broad reach of the criminal justice system has fundamentally recast the relation between citizen and state, resulting in a sizable—and growing—group of second-class citizens. From police stops to court cases and incarceration, at each stage of the criminal justice system individuals belonging to this disempowered group come to experience a state-within-a-state that reflects few of the country’s core democratic values. Through scores of interviews, along with analyses of survey data, Amy E. Lerman and Vesla M. Weaver show how this contact with police, courts, and prisons decreases faith in the capacity of American political institutions to respond to citizens’ concerns and diminishes the sense of full and equal citizenship—even for those who have not been found guilty of any crime. The effects of this increasingly frequent contact with the criminal justice system are wide-ranging—and pernicious—and Lerman and Weaver go on to offer concrete proposals for reforms to reincorporate this large group of citizens as active participants in American civic and political life.

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The numbers are staggering: One-third of America’s adult population has passed through the criminal justice system and now has a criminal record. Many more were never convicted, but are nonetheless subject to surveillance by the state. Never before has the American government maintained so vast a network of institutions dedicated solel...

Amy E. Lerman is assistant professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Modern Prison Paradox. She lives in Berkeley, CA. Vesla M. Weaver is assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at Yale University. S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 9, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022613783X

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Arresting Citizenship
Chapter 2. Thinking about Crime and the Custodial Citizen
Chapter 3. Democratic Ideals and Institutional Design
Chapter 4. Assessing the Effects of Criminal Justice
Chapter 5. “Democracy don’t get you a second chance”: (Un)Learning Citizenship
Chapter 6. “You in their house now”: Learning about the State and Control
Chapter 7. “We’re free, but we’re not free”: Black Custodial Citizenship and Complex Racial Narratives
Chapter 8. “I better stay below the radar”: Fear, Alienation, and Withdrawal
Chapter 9. Where We Go from Here
Appendix A Quantitative Data
Appendix B Qualitative Data
Appendix C Three Strategies to Address Causality
Notes
Index

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“Lerman and Weaver make a significant contribution. They use survey results and interviews to reveal the civic attitudes of the group they call ‘custodial citizens’: not just those behind bars, but also those on probation, on parole, or who simply reside in heavily policed neighborhoods.”