Prisons: A System in Trouble

Prisons: A System in Trouble

by Ann E. Weiss

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Gr 9 Up With a firm conviction that prisons are one of the major problems of modern society, Weiss presents a well-developed overview of the state of corrections in the U.S. She addresses the retribution and neglect that leave prisons at all jurisdictional levels hopelessly overcrowded and make them major purveyors of the anti-social behavior which they purport to punish and change. One of the strengths of this volume is its historical perspective. Weiss also tries to analyze what society has wanted from its prisons. While the general problems of prisons and prisoners are explored, readers see in-depth personal vignettes of life behind bars. The final chapters present some of the model programs which are being tried to solve prison problems. This volume has a distinct viewpoint and a well-integrated focus in comparison to the collected essay format of America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven, 1985). Weiss indicates that there are no easy answers to this overwhelming problem, but she argues convincingly that our current attitude of ``out of sight, out of mind'' is leading to disaster. Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, Va. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYBOOKS IN SPANISH Reviewed by Louise Yarian Zwick Houston Public Library

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