Punishing Places applies a unique spatial analysis to mass incarceration in the United States. It demonstrates that our highest imprisonment rates are now in small cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Jessica Simes argues that mass incarceration should be conceptualized as one of the legacies of U.S. racial residential segregation, but that a focus on large cities has diverted vital scholarly and policy attention away from communities affected most by mass incarceration today. This book presents novel measures for estimating the community-level effects of incarceration using spatial, quantitative, and qualitative methods. This analysis has broad and urgent implications for policy reforms aimed at ameliorating the community effects of mass incarceration and promoting alternatives to the carceral system.
Jessica T. Simes
University of California Press
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26 October 2021
List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1 * A Spatial View of Punishment 2 * The Urban Model 3 * Small Cities and Mass Incarceration 4 * Social Services Beyond the City: Isolation and Regional Inequity 5 * Race and Communities of Pervasive Incarceration 6 * Punishing Places 7 * Beyond Punishing Places: A Research and Reform Agenda Appendix: Data and Methodology Notes References Index
Jessica T. Simes is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University.