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This book is a well rounded expose of the impact that incarceration has on minority communities. The author takes a great deal of time discussing the removal of these individuals from their neighborhoods, mostly poor and how this process affects the community infrastructure and public safety but most importantly, the individuals' family.
The extraordinary growth in the prison system for the last 30 years has had a small impact on crime. The growth in imprisonment has been concentrated among poor, minority males who live in impoverished neighborhoods.
Concentrated incarceration in those impoverished communities has broken families, eroded economic strengh and increased rather than decreased crime rates.
Overall, the book is well written and flows naturally from chapter to chapter, making it very accessible to future readers with a particular interest in the future of policy making in the criminal justice field.