The circle of state violence and harm

Authored by: Dawn L. Rothe , Victoria E. Collins

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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Criminological study has long recognized the adverse effects of states’ responses to crime pre-dominantly focusing on the institutions of control at national levels (e.g., policy responses and the criminal justice systems) (Beckett 1997; Blomberg and Lucken 2000; Pattillo et al. 2004; Parenti 2008; Gottschalk 2011). Criminal justice policies such as mandatory minimum sentencing practices (Currie 1998; Blomberg and Lucken 2000; Clear 2007; Lynch 2011; Mauer 2011), the three strikes law (Crutchfield 2004; Piehl 2004; Jones and Newburn 2005; 2006), and policies initiated to fight the war on drugs (Wisotsky 1990; Bennett et al. 1996; Blumenson and Nilsen 1998; King and Mauer 2005; Bobo and Thompson 2006), have resulted in increased prison populations in both the UK and the USA.

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