Vol. 16, No. 4 (1989)
This issue critically examines the reasons for the clustering of the poor and powerless -- particularly African Americans and other racially defined minorities -- at the client end of the criminal justice system, both as victims and as perpetrators of street crime, and in the prison inmate population. Also explored is the rise of a permanent nonworking class, structurally and culturally isolated from the American mainstream, that has transformed hustling and informal economic activity, including drug trafficking and assorted illegal activities, into often greedy, reactionary, and violent enterprises. The methods and goals of the criminal justice apparatus in containing and regulating the nonworking class are examined and alternate programs and policies are proposed.