This is a blog about the media and crime/criminal justice.
Yes, books are a form of media.
And a new book is a must read.
It is Matt Taibi's The Divide. Click on the image to look inside the book.
Here is a description of the book from Amazon.com:
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide,
the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing
wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a
dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now
determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively
destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning
poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at
these two alarming trends side by side.
In The Divide, Matt
Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our
new system of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably
wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting
that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire
hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the
story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in
America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of
the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet;
into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries
as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in
front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates
these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source:
a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new
vision of civil rights.
enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare
stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic,
Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary
American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor,
turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and
implicates us all.
In other words, this is about how the rich get away with crime while the poor do not.
If you don't know Taibi's work, he is a journalist and contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Great Derangement and Griftopia.