American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment

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Beacon Press

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Boston, Massachusetts 02108–2892

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Beacon Press books
are published under the auspices of
the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

© 2007 by Sasha Abramsky

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Printed in the United States of America

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This book is printed on acid-free paper that meets the uncoated paper
ANSI/NISO specifications for permanence as revised in 1992.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Abramsky, Sasha.

American furies: crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment/ Sasha Abramsky.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-0-8070-4222-9 (hardcover: alk. paper)

ISBN-10: 0-8070-4222-6 (hardcover: alk. paper) 1. Criminal justice, Administration of—
United States. 2. Punishment—United States. 3. Imprisonment—United States. 4. Sentences
(Criminal procedure)—United States. I. Title.

HV9950.A334 2007

364.973—dc22

2006031105

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction - From Out of Tartarus ix
  • Part One - A Mindset Molded 1
  • Chapter 1 - The Holy Experiment 3
  • Chapter 2 - A Rising Tide of Violence 23
  • Chapter 3 - Using a Sledgehammer to Kill a Gnat 43
  • Chapter 4 - Victims, Fundamentalists, and Rant-Radio Hacks 59
  • Chapter 5 - Reductio Ad Absurdum 73
  • Part Two - Populating Bedlam 89
  • Chapter 6 - Open for Business 91
  • Chapter 7 - Till the End of Time 107
  • Chapter 8 - Storehouses of the Living Dead 129
  • Chapter 9 - Adult Time 153
  • Conclusion 169
  • Acknowledgments 179
  • Notes 181
  • Selected Bibliography 199
  • Index 207
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