Why is criminal justice so central to American politics? "Lockdown America" not only documents the horrors and absurdities of militarized policing, prisons, a fortified border, and the federalization of the war on crime, it also explains the political and economic history behind the massive crackdown. This fully updated and expanded edition includes an afterword on the War on Terror, a meditation on surveillance and the specter of terrorism as they help reanimate the criminal justice attack. Written in vivid prose, "Lockdown America" will propel readers toward a deeper understanding of the links between crime and politics in a period of gathering economic crisis.
Christian Parenti is the author of "The Soft Cage" and "The Freedom," and is currently writing a book on Afghanistan. He is a visiting fellow at the CUNY Graduate School's Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and his articles appear regularly in "The Nation." He lives in New York City.