Dictionary of American Penology: A Revised and Expanded Edition / Edition 2

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A comprehensive overview of American penology covering practices, historical precedents, ideologies, changing attitudes, system descriptions, and trends in prison management, as well as noteworthy penal literature. The entries are alphabetically arranged in a concise dictionary format and are cross-referenced to clarify the more technical penal terminology. There is a brief description of each state prison system and major components of the federal system are discussed. Entries include administrative structure, components of the adult and juvenile inmate populations in their respective institutions, and operating budgets for an indication of current costs and capital expenditure budgets for furture expansion costs to corrections systems.

The dictionary provides an overview of a broad variety of topics in American penology. Each entry is followed by complete references and cross references to clarify technical terminology of penology. The entries give essential information about the administrative structure, adult and adolescent population in respective institutions, and both operating budgets for current costs and capital budgets for future expansion for interstate comparison. Other entries include program description, ideology, techniques, and a historical perspective of American prisons.

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Alphabetical entries of a half-page to several pages in length explain terms, ideas, and trends in penology. Includes a list of prison-reform organizations, state prison systems addresses, and many statistical tables from the US Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics. Useful for students and professionals. This edition is revised to reflect changes in penology since 1979, and contains entries on new concepts, terminology, methods, and philosophies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313266898
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

VERGIL L. WILLIAMS is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.

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Table of Contents


Dictionary of American Penology

Appendix A: Selected List of Prison-Reform Organizations

Appendix B: Prison System Addresses

Appendix C: Selected Statistical Tables from United States Justice Department Bureau of Justice Statistics



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