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Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway

Michael O'Hear
Format
Book
Published
Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780299310202, 0299310205
Summary
"The dramatic increase in U.S. prison populations since the 1970s is often blamed on the mandatory sentencing required by 'three strikes' laws and other punitive crime bills. [The author] shows that the blame is actually not so easily assigned. His meticulous analysis of incarceration in Wisconsin -- a state where judges have considerable discretion in sentencing -- explores the reasons why the prison population has ballooned nearly tenfold over the past forty years. [The author] tracks the effects of sentencing laws and politics in Wisconsin from the eve of the imprisonment boom in 1970 up to the 2010s. Drawing on archival research, original public-opinion polling, and interviews with dozens of key policymakers, he reveals important dimensions that have been missed by others. He draws out lessons from the Wisconsin experience for the United States as a whole, where mass incarceration has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and caused untold misery to millions of inmates and their families."--
Contents
  • Setting the stage, meeting the players
  • Seventies synthesis
  • Equivocal assault on discretion, 1980-1995
  • Quest for improved community corrections, 1980-1997
  • Demise of parole, 1994-2002
  • Managerialism's modest comeback, the early 2000s
  • Wisconsin's war on drugs
  • Lessons.
Description
xv, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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