Setting the Context
The goal of a “good” introductory chapter is to provide the reader with a brief glimpse into the topic the book is addressing, serving to contextualize the subject matter to be discussed. An author must be capable of conveying to the reader the enthusiasm experienced in writing the book. Failure to achieve this goal may well result in a reader not sensing the importance and joy a book wishes to transmit. An introductory chapter, as a result, fulfills many important goals!
The United States has witnessed a revolutionary change in how best to address the subject of crime. The increased reliance on prisons has slowly, but quite profoundly, changed society in ways that only now are being fully understood by a small percentage of the nation. The majority of Americans are “clueless” regarding the price, both financial and social, exacted by the ever-expanding prison-industrial complex. Exploring this issue, and what has happened to those unfortunate enough not to possess the financial resources to avoid prison, requires a book-length study.
Much attention has been paid to the propitious drop in the nation's crime rates, and more specifically, the murder rate. The overall crime rate in the