The Rich Get Richer And The Poor Get Prison

1347 Words6 Pages
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison by Jeffrey Reiman and Paul Leighton has been used for years as a way to address issues such as ideologies and class struggles within the criminal justice system. The book focuses on controlling crime, defining crime and disparities between social classes. I believe the book makes some very interesting points but was overall a waste of my time to read because most of what is said were things I was already very much aware of. Through the first chapter of this book the focus was primarily on the notion of controlling crime. The best way to describe crime policy used in this chapter is comparing it to a game of ‘heads I win, tails you lose’. This chapter also addresses the causes for decline in America’s crime rate, which included the addition of more officers on the streets and the creation of a more stable drug business due to younger dealers. Most importantly this chapter addresses three excuses as to why we have not been able to substantially diminish our crime rate, it explains the reasons people believe Americans commit crime but does nothing to explain possible solutions. The distinction between pathways and sources of crime was also made within this chapter. The last key point of this chapter was the discussion of how America’s criminal justice system is not designed to end crime but only to keep it in check, as well as the idea that crime helps citizens bond over their fear of victimization. Chapter two of the Rich Get Richer was essentially about the definition of crime, and in general identifies the many ways that people see crime, without seeing the whole picture. As well as trying to find an appropriate definition this chapter identifies the way most people imagine criminals. ... ... middle of paper ... ...res more deep thought than most of the other sections, this is the most intellectually challenging chapter and therefore, the only chapter that I believe to actually be suitable for a four-hundred level college course. I believe this book manages to achieve the authors’ purposes on a regular basis by informing young students about the troubles of a field that they are trying to become involved in, this way they are not surprised when they experience such things, but it is only effective if it presented to the right group of people. Although I do not see the point in reading this book at this point in my education, I did find it to be an interesting read with many different ideas that I had never quite addressed in my own head. Having these ideas pointed out by the authors has allowed me to further my knowledge on topics I had previously thought I was quite aware of.
Open Document