The punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the acme of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal
insecurity but to the social
insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of the ethnoracial hierarchy. It partakes of a broader reconstruction of the state wedding restrictive Punishing the Poor shows that the prison is not a mere technical implement for law enforcement but a core political institution. And it reveals that the capitalist revolution from above called neoliberalism entails not the advent of Visit the author's website.