American Furies

American Furies

February 13, 2007
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Extensively researched and told with illuminating detail, American Furies is a dramatic examination of US penitentiaries and their surrounding communities. Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky explains how prisons are no longer motivated by goals of rehabilitation, but rather are driven by political concerns and marked by a movement towards vengeance.

Yet does the shift towards vengeful politics in effect strengthen our culture or demean it? Considering life sentences for nonviolent crimes, devastating prison conditions, and the treatment of juvenile offenders, Abramsky uncovers the violent subculture in which millions of people exist behind bars and the impact of such mass imprisonment on the social fabric of society.