Mass Incarceration on Trial examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditionsÃÂculminating in Brown v. Plata, decided in May 2011 by the U.S. Supreme CourtÃÂthat has opened an unexpected escape route from this trap of ÃÂtough on crimeÃ¢ÂÂ politics. This set of rulings points toward values that could restore legitimate order to American prisons and, ultimately, lead to the demise of mass incarceration. Simon argues that much like the school segregation cases of the last century, these new cases represent a major breakthrough in jurisprudenceÃÂmoving us from a hollowed-out vision of civil rights to the threshold of human rights and giving court backing for the argument that, because the conditions it creates are fundamentally cruel and unusual, mass incarceration is inherently unconstitutional.
Since the publication of Michelle AlexanderÃ¢ÂÂs The New Jim Crow, states around the country have begun to question the fundamental fairness of our criminal justice system. This book offers a provocative and brilliant reading to the end of mass incarceration.
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