In America, 2.3 million people-a population about the size of
Houston's, the country's fourth-largest city-live behind bars. Sick
Justice explores the economic, social, and political forces that
hijacked the criminal justice system to create this bizarre
situation. Presenting frightening true stories of (sometimes
wrongfully) incarcerated individuals, Ivan G. Goldman exposes the
inept bureaucracies of America's prisons and shows the real reasons
that disproportionate numbers of minorities, the poor, and the
mentally ill end up there. Goldman dissects the widespread
phenomenon of jailing for profit, the outsized power of prison
guards'unions, California's exceptionally rigid three-strikes law,
the ineffective and never-ending war on drugs, the closing of
mental health institutions across the country, and other blunders
and avaricious practices that have brought us to this point. Sick
Justice tells a big, gripping story that's long overdue. By
illuminating the system's brutality and greed and the
prisoners'gratuitous suffering, the book aims to be a catalyst for
reform, complementing the work of the Innocence Project and
mirroring the effects of Michael Harrington's The Other America:
Poverty in the United States (1962), which became the driving force
behind the war on poverty. About the Author IVAN G. GOLDMAN is the
New York Times-best-selling author of four novels, including Isaac:
A Modern Fable (The Permanent Press, 2012), and one nonfiction
book, L.A. Secret Police: Inside the LAPD Elite Spy Network, with
Mike Rothmiller (Pocket, 1992), a book that prompted the department
to padlock its intelligence division. He has covered Congress for
the Washington Post, worked the national and foreign desks of the
Los Angeles Times, and was an editorial writer for the Seattle
Post- Intelligencer. His articles have appeared in the Columbia
Journalism Review, The Nation, Rolling Stone, and the New York
Times, and he blogs about current events at
www.ivangoldman.blogspot.com. He lives in Rancho Palos Verdes,
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