Prisons: Library in a Book

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Clear and comprehensive, Prisons examines the state of U.S. prisons and related issues. It focuses on the development of prisons in the United States and how the competing goals of punishment and rehabilitation have shaped the evolution of corrections. An overview presents statistics on U.S. prisons and explores the issues behind those statistics, including racial disparity among prisoners and the causes of recidivism. The financial costs of running prisons and the mixed record of private prisons are examined, ...
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Overview

Clear and comprehensive, Prisons examines the state of U.S. prisons and related issues. It focuses on the development of prisons in the United States and how the competing goals of punishment and rehabilitation have shaped the evolution of corrections. An overview presents statistics on U.S. prisons and explores the issues behind those statistics, including racial disparity among prisoners and the causes of recidivism. The financial costs of running prisons and the mixed record of private prisons are examined, and laws and legislation relating to issues of incarceration are reviewed.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two books are part of two distinct "Library in a Book" sets: a 28-volume general set and a ten-volume criminology set, respectively. In Prisons, senior paralegal Ferro (Sexual Misconduct and the Clergy) gives an overview of American penitentiaries, tracking the history of prisons and punishments and offering thumbnail biographies of notorious criminals and law enforcers. Extensive space is allotted to prison litigation and some monumental legal decisions that have affected the course of judicial history. Ferro furnishes voluminous statistics on U.S. prisons, three graphs and tables, a chronology, and lists of various prison-connected organizations and agencies. He devotes a chapter to researching correctional issues, and his extensive appendix includes a bibliography, a glossary, and an index. The latest edition of Capital Punishment, by writer/editor Henderson (Power of the News Media), is a fair and sensitive introduction to the issue that opens with an account of an actual execution. The historical background in Chapter 1 extends to the use of DNA, and several short sections either define aspects of capital punishment or discuss its many ramifications. Chapter 2 examines the laws regulating capital punishment and some of the major legal decisions that control it. The concluding chapters offer a guide for further research, a list of agencies and organizations, an extensive bibliography, and an appendix that excerpts major Supreme Court rulings. Nine graphs and a chronology round out this volume, a quarter of which contains new or updated material. Bottom Line Although most of the information in Prisons can be found elsewhere, the title's value is that everything is found in one concise unit. The easy-to-absorb format makes it suitable as a starting point for high school students or for scholars beginning their research. Capital Punishment, too, is an exceptional, reference resource. Together, these volumes give libraries an excellent basic collection that facilitates preliminary research on these subjects.-Frances Sandiford, formerly with Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816060351
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Library in a Book Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Overview of the topic
Ch. 1 Introduction to prisons 3
Ch. 2 The law of prisons 68
Ch. 3 Chronology 124
Ch. 4 Biographical listing 141
Ch. 5 Glossary 155
Pt. II Guide to further research
Ch. 6 How to research prisons and correctional issues 165
Ch. 7 Annotated bibliography 179
Ch. 8 Organizations and agencies 232
Pt. III Appendices
App. A Statistics on state and federal prisoners 249
App. B The Prison Litigation Reform Act 251
App. C The Prison Rape Elimination Act 265
App. D The Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War 285
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