The Black Family and Mass Incarceration

  title={The Black Family and Mass Incarceration},
  author={Bruce Western and Christopher Wildeman},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={221 - 242}
Released in 1965, the Moynihan Report traced the severe social and economic distress of poor urban African Americans to high rates of single-parenthood. Against Moynihan's calls for social investment in poor inner-city communities, politics moved in a punitive direction, driving massive growth in the prison population. The authors document the emergence of mass incarceration and describe its significance for African American family life. The era of mass incarceration can be understood as a new… 

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