Prisons

Overview

America's prison population has quadrupled in the past two decades, with an enormous impact on families, communities, correctional officers, policy makers, and prisoners themselves. The use of imprisonment as a means of social control has come to the fore in many public debates—whether the issues be deterrence, incapacitation, public spending, overcrowding, or the effects of imprisonment on the offenders' later lives. Prisons addresses these and related topics, offering thought-provoking analyses of particular ...
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Overview

America's prison population has quadrupled in the past two decades, with an enormous impact on families, communities, correctional officers, policy makers, and prisoners themselves. The use of imprisonment as a means of social control has come to the fore in many public debates—whether the issues be deterrence, incapacitation, public spending, overcrowding, or the effects of imprisonment on the offenders' later lives. Prisons addresses these and related topics, offering thought-provoking analyses of particular issues that deserve greater consideration, such as the effects of imprisonment on the children of inmates, the relationship between prisons and the surrounding communities, medical care in prisons, prisoner suicide and coping, adult correctional treatment, and prison management trends, and related topics.

Featuring articles by Alfred Blumstein and Allen Beck, Joan Petersilia, Anthony Bottoms, Douglas McDonald and others, Prisons provides reliable, up-to-date, and comprehensive overviews of policy issues and research developments concerning prisons and imprisonment. This timely collection of essays will benefit scholars, administrators, and policy makers alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226808505
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press Journals
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Crime and Justice: A Review of Research
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Tonry is the Sonosky Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Joan Petersilia is a professor of criminology, law, and society in the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Preface
American Prisons at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century Michael Tonry and Joan Petersilia
Population Growth in the U.S. Prisons, 1980-1996
Alfred Blumstein and Allen J. Beck
Understanding Prison Policy and Population Trends Theodore Caplow and Jonathan Simon
Collateral Consequences of Imprisonment for Children, Communities, and Prisoners John Hagan and Ronit Dinovitzer
Prison Management Trends, 1975-2025
Chase Riveland
Interpersonal Violence and Social Order in Prisons Anthony E. Bottoms
Prison Suicide and Prisoner Coping Alison Liebling
Adult Correctional Treatment Gerald G. Gates, Timothy J. Flanagan, Laurence L. Motiuk, and Lynn Stewart
Medical Care in Prisons Douglas C. McDonald
Parole and Prisoner Reentry in the United States Joan Petersilia
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