Gr 7 Up-Erudite for-and-against essays from various sources. Each book begins with an introduction to the series and then moves on to the specific issue. Chapters open with a question ("Do Prisons Protect Public Safety?," "Is the Death Penalty Just?") and a related quote. Next are pairs of essays debating various aspects of the question posed. Each essay is preceded by its author's credentials and some questions for readers to consider. Quality black-and-white graphs, editorial cartoons, bulleted lists, and boxed quotes will help students better understand the entries, which may have been edited for length. A periodical bibliography, questions for discussion, and an annotated list of organizations end each chapter. The authors of America's Prisons represent a range of interested parties including senior policy analysts, corrections department personnel, legal advocates, directors of related organizations, and reporters. Powerful people and organizations contribute essays to the death-penalty debate. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scala argues that the death penalty is just, and his former colleague, Sandra Day O'Connor, debates whether juveniles should be exempt from it. This nonbiased, comprehensive look at one of today's most difficult issues will be helpful for students writing persuasive essays and for debate groups. Both titles will introduce readers to the workings of the American justice system.-Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.