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The War on Neighborhoods

Policing, Prison, and Punishment in a Divided City

Authors: Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Daniel Cooper

A narrative-driven exploration of policing and the punishment of disadvantage in Chicago, and a new vision for repairing urban neighborhoods

The Chicago Police Department is infamous for high-profile cases of corruption, violence, and racism. For example, between March 2011 and September 2015, citizens across the city filed more than 28,000 allegations of police misconduct, with 2,000 charges coming from a single neighborhood. In The War on Neighborhoods, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Dan Cooper interview residents, police officers, community activists, judges, businesspeople, and those who have been in and out of the penal system in Austin, a majority-black neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, where more than 16,000 residents were sentenced to prison in a single 5-year period. Through firsthand reporting and careful analysis, Lugalia-Hollon and Cooper show how punitive policies have maintained a perpetual state of disorder and disenfranchisement in the community rather than a sense of public safety and security. This trend can be seen nationwide: in cities across the United States, specific neighborhoods are punished and starved of investment in positive community structures that can allow residents to reach their full potential.

Incisive and informative, The War on Neighborhoods makes the case for a revolutionary reformation of our public safety model that shifts focus from punishment and police-mandated arrest quotas, and lifts up the power of residents, shores up neighborhood institutions, and addresses the effects of trauma and poverty. What the authors ultimately call for is a profound shift in how we think about investing in urban communities—away from the perverse misinvestment of incarceration and toward a model that invests in people.
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The War on Neighborhoods

ISBN: 978-080708465-6
Publication Date: 4/17/2018
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Price:  $28.95
Format: Cloth
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