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Johnson's War on Poverty policies sought to foster equality and economic opportunity. But these initiatives were also rooted in widely shared assumptions about African Americans' role in urban disorder, which prompted Johnson to call for a simultaneous War on Crime. The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act empowered the national government to take a direct role in militarizing local police. Federal anticrime funding soon incentivized social service providers to ally with police departments, courts, and prisons. Under Richard Nixon and his successors, welfare programs fell by the wayside while investment in policing and punishment expanded.
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By myurko on 12-29-16
The book is rigorous, comprehensive, damning, and compelling. So critical to understanding how racial prejudices led to welfare and crime policies the exacerbated there problems they were designed to resolve.
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By MrSoul on 04-01-18
Detailed history of how America went from the Great Society to the Great Prison. Very relevant for today and clearly answers how we got to our current state of mass incarceration. Highly recommend this book for social and criminal justice scholars and advocates.
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