The Future of Imprisonment

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Overview

The imprisonment rate in America has grown by a factor of five since 1972. In that time, punishment policies have toughened, compassion for prisoners has diminished, and prisons have gotten worse-a stark contrast to the origins of the prison 200 years ago as a humanitarian reform, a substitute for capital and corporal punishment and banishment. So what went wrong? How can prisons be made simultaneously more effective and more humane? Who should be sent there in the first place? What should happen to them while they are inside? When, how, and under what conditions should they be released?

The Future of Imprisonment unites some of the leading prisons and penal policy scholars of our time to address these fundamental questions. Inspired by the work of Norval Morris, the contributors look back to the past twenty-five years of penal policy in an effort to look forward to the prison's twenty-first century future. Their essays examine the effects of current high levels of imprisonment on urban neighborhoods and the people who live in them. They reveal how current policies came to be as they are and explain the theories of punishment that guide imprisonment decisions. Finally, the contributors argue for the strategic importance of controls on punishment including imprisonment as a limit on government power; chart the rise and fall of efforts to improve conditions inside; analyze the theory and practice of prison release; and evaluate the tricky science of predicting and preventing recidivism.

A definitive guide to imprisonment policies for the future, this volume convincingly demonstrates how we can prevent crime more effectively at lower economic and human cost.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195314106
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.10 (w) x 0.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Tonry is one of the nation's most respected experts on crime and punishment. The author of the highly acclaimed Malign Neglect and (with Norval Morris) Between Prison and Probation, he is director of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, and Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. He has worked as an advisor to federal and state agencies in the United States, Australia and Canada, to national governments in Europe, and to international organizations.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
Alfred Blumstein
Jeffrey Fagin
Richard S. Frase
James Jacobs
Marc Miller
John Monahan
Kevin R. Reitz
Michael Tonry
Franklin E. Zimring

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Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Has the Prison a Future? 3
2 Crime, Law, and the Community: Dynamics of Incarceration in New York City 27
3 Restoring Rationality in Punishment Policy 61
4 Limiting Retributivism 83
5 Sentencing Reform "Reform" through Sentencing Information Systems 121
6 Democracy and the Limits of Punishment: A Preface to Prisoners' Rights 157
7 Prison Reform amid the Ruins of Prisoners' Rights 179
8 Questioning the Conventional Wisdom of Parole Release Authority 199
9 The Future of Violence Risk Management 237
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