Living in Prison: A History of the Correctional System with an Insider's View
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Living in Prison: A History of the Correctional System with an Insider's View

by Stephen Stanko, Wayne Gillespie, Gordon A. Crews
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0313318565

ISBN-13: 9780313318566

Pub. Date: 04/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Can the morality of a nation really be judged by how it treats its prisoners? The United States has more people in prison than any other nation, and the nature of the American correctional system continues to be the subject of passionate debate. This unique combination of historical overview and personal testimony provides an unprecedented look at the U.S.

Overview

Can the morality of a nation really be judged by how it treats its prisoners? The United States has more people in prison than any other nation, and the nature of the American correctional system continues to be the subject of passionate debate. This unique combination of historical overview and personal testimony provides an unprecedented look at the U.S. correctional system.

The first section of the book places the notion of corrections within an historical context. The second examines contemporary correctional issues. In the third and final section, Stephen Stanko, an inmate in the South Carolina correctional system, provides a detailed look at prison life from the inside. Stanko offers his perspective—in a voice that is blunt but never preachy—on the harsh realities of prison life, making this a rigorous exploration of our correctional system in both theory and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313318566
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Michael Braswell

Justice: Introduction, History, and Philosophy

Crime and Justice in the United States

Justice in Pre-modern Europe

A Brief History of Corrections in America

Contemporary Correctional Issues

The Context of Imprisonment

Women and Prison

Prisoners' Rights and States' Responsibilities

Living in Prison: One Man's Journey

A Prisoner's Narrative

The Prison Environment

Surviving in Prison

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