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    Book Review: The Social Order of the Underworld: How prison gangs govern the American penal system by David Skarbek

Book Review: The Social Order of the Underworld: How prison gangs govern the American penal system by David Skarbek

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This book challenges the widely held view that inmates in US prisons create prison gangs to promote racism and violence. On the contrary, gangs form to create order, argues David Skarbek. The Social Order of the Underworld is thought-provoking and challenging, writes Tim Newburn, and policy-makers in the UK have much to learn from Skarbek’s book.

 

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    Civil unrest in Ferguson was fuelled by the Black community’s already poor relationship with a highly militarized police force.

Civil unrest in Ferguson was fuelled by the Black community’s already poor relationship with a highly militarized police force.

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On August 9th, an unarmed 18-year old Black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis. The following two weeks saw protests and riots in the town, culminating in the Governor of Missouri calling in the National Guard on August 18th. Tim Newburn takes a close look at the unrest in […]

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    Book Review: On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman

Book Review: On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman

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Tim Newburn is impressed by Alice Goffman’s book On The Run: a look at the lives of the young African American men who are caught up in a web of warrants and surveillance in a neighbourhood in Philadelphia. As a work of ethnography it is outstanding. As a piece of social science it is refreshingly and gloriously readable –how often can one […]

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