American Sociological Association

Confronting Race in American Criminal Justice Reform

The contemporary American criminal justice system is neither rational nor just. Nor is it color-blind. Despite decades of declines in crime and much talk of policy reform, the criminal justice system remains an established feature of racial inequality in the United States. As two recent books powerfully demonstrate, the emergence of the American carceral state must be situated in relation to the racial politics that nurtured its development, and its continued operation must be understood as a product of concentrated surveillance, heightened misdemeanor arrests, and a new form of “managerial justice” that uniquely infiltrates the lives of people of color...

Authors

Becky Pettit

Volume

49

Issue

1

Starting Page

14

Ending Page

17