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Overview

The two-volume Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities aims to provide a critical overview of penal institutions within a historical and contemporary framework. Issues of race, gender, and class are fully integrated throughout in order to demonstrate the complexity of the implementation and intended results of incarceration. The Encyclopedia contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, and detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States. Comparative data and examples are employed to analyze the American system within an international context. The Encyclopedia’s 400 entries are written by recognized authorities. Theappendix contains a comprehensive listing of every federal prison in the U.S., complete with facility details and service information.
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Editorial Reviews

John R.M. Lawrence
The Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities presents the questions surrounding the correctional system in the United States. . . . This set is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries, particularly those supporting programs in criminal justice, political science and governmental affairs.
Library Journal
This timely set on prisons and correctional facilities in America covers everything from prisoners, historical personages, organizations, groups, and riots to statistics, concepts, legislation, court cases, and more. It also integrates important issues of race, gender, and class. Written by mostly American academics with a sprinkling of Canadian and British contributors, the 400 alphabetically arranged entries are uniformly well done, often ending with further reading lists and cross references. The classified "Reader's Guide," which perhaps might have been better placed near the index, aides the uninitiated. Editor Bosworth previously published the useful U.S. Federal Prison System, the monograph Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women's Prisons, as well as numerous book reviews and articles. Bottom Line This very accessible set will replace the current standard in the field, Garland's 1996 Encyclopedia of American Prisons (Marilyn D. McShane & Frank P. Williams, eds.) not only because it is twice as long and more up-to-date but also because it is enhanced by a 63-page comprehensive bibliography, a chronology, and an appendix detailing U.S. Bureau of Prisons facilities. Essential for sociology, criminology, and large general collections.-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice Lib., CUNY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761927310
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/7/2004
  • Pages: 1400
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 3.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Bosworth is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. Her research interests include prisons, race, and gender. She is the author of Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women’s Prisons (1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Entries
Reader's Guide
List of Sidebrs
Timeline
List of Contributors
Introduction
Ackoweledgements
About the Author
Entries A - Z
Appendix
Master bibliograpy
Master Index
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