It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge / Edition 3

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This book features critical analysis of the extent and nature of imprisonment in America, the prison experience and the damage it imposes on prisoners, and recent efforts at reform.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534514983
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/14/2000
  • Series: Criminal Justice Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Our Imprisonment Binge 1
America's Growing Correctional Industrial Complex 1
The Politics of the Fear of Crime 5
America's History of Warehousing Prisoners 9
What Has Been Accomplished by the Imprisonment Binge? 12
The Costs of the Imprisonment Binge 13
2 Who Goes to Prison? 17
Public Misperceptions About Who Goes to Prison 17
National Trends on Prison Admissions 19
A Closer Look at Who Goes to Prison 22
How Serious are Their Crimes? 25
Patterns of Crime 31
Habitual Offenders 38
3 The Imprisonment of Children and Women 50
The Children's Imprisonment Binge 50
The Imprisonment Binge of Women 57
4 The Private Prison Binge 64
Background 64
Privatization of Corrections: A Historical Overview 67
The Debate 71
A Closer Look at State Prison Privatization 77
The Future of Privatization 85
5 Doing Time 90
Warehousing Prisoners 90
The Development of the Contemporary Prison 91
The Bureaucratic Prison 97
The Prisoner Experience 100
Coping with Violence 108
Crippled 109
Alienated 111
6 Super Max 117
What is Super Max? 117
History of Administrative Segregation 119
The Official Program 120
The Reality of Lockup 121
Turmoil in Lockup 121
New Maximum-Security Prisons 125
A Closer Look at a Contemporary Lockup Unit: The Texas Administrative Segregation Population 129
The Consequences of Lockup 131
7 Release 139
The Growing Number of Prison Releases 139
The Rising Tide of Parole Failures 143
Obstacles to Making It After Release 146
Those Who Make it 151
8 The Correctional Treatment Industrial Complex 160
Introduction 160
Factors Related to Criminal Behavior 162
What Does Work? 165
Boot Camps 167
Prison Drug Treatment 169
9 The Three Strikes and You're Out Movement 184
Introduction 184
Diversity Among the States 186
Comparison of the New Laws with Preexisting Sentencing Provisions 191
Description and Legislative History of the California Law 195
Impact of California's Law on the Courts 197
Variation by Counties in the Application of the Law 201
Impact on State Prison Systems 202
Who Are the Strikers? 204
Impact on Correctional Costs in California 208
Impact on Crime Rates Within California 210
Impact on Crime Rates Among the States 212
10 It's About Time 219
The Financial Cost 220
The "Incarceration Reduces Crime" Debate 222
Voodoo Criminology 236
America's Farm System for Criminals 239
Our Prison System in the Twenty-First Century 240
It's About Time 244
Index 253
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