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Presents 24 essays, ranging from 1974 to 1998, which the editor feels represents the best journal articles in their specialized fields (sociology, psychology, philosophy, economics, etc.) relating to the topic of imprisonment. The articles treat issues arising in the industrialized countries and are organized into five sections related to the nature of imprisonment, the scale of imprisonment, whether prison works, gender and race issues, and future trends. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Pt. I The Nature of Imprisonment
1 The Characteristics of Total Institutions 3
2 Labor Market and Penal Sanction: Thoughts on the Sociology of Criminal Justice 31
3 Complete and Austere Institutions 39
Pt. II The Scale of Imprisonment
4 America's Soaring Prison Population 71
5 Unemployment, Crime and Imprisonment, and the Enduring Problem of Prison Overcrowding 77
6 Changes in Crime and Punishment in America, England and Sweden Between the 1980s and 1990s 105
7 Changes in the Use of Imprisonment in England and Wales 1950-1991 133
Pt. III Does Prison Work?
8 What Works? - Questions and Answers about Prison Reform 143
9 Martinson Revisited 177
10 British Prisons 1970-1987: The Ever-Deepening Crisis 197
11 "Does Prison Pay?" Revisited: Returning to the Crime Scene 219
12 Does Prison Work? 225
13 Prison Myths 257
Pt. IV Gender, Race and Imprisonment
14 Patriarchy, Prisons, and Jails: A Critical Look at Trends in Women's Incarceration 303
15 Is There a Feminist Future for Women's Prisons? 321
16 Wayward Sisters: The Prison for Women 343
17 On the Racial Disproportionality of United States' Prison Populations 377
18 Racial Disproportion in US Prisons 401
19 Racial Disparity in Sentencing: Reflections on the Hood Study 421
Pt. V The Future of Imprisonment
20 Prison Privatization: An International Perspective 433
21 Limiting Prison Use: Experience in England and Wales 459
22 The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and its Implications 485
23 Penal Modernism and Postmodernism 511
24 Two Futures for American Corrections 541
Name Index 563
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