Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison / Edition 1

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Overview

"Ann Chih Lin reopens the debate on rehabilitation while recognizing all the pitfalls that occurred under the concept of rehabilitation, such as indeterminate sentencing. She effectively uses implementation theory and aptly applies it to penal theory. Her book could become standard reading on penology and criminal justice in the United States."—Kathleen McDermott, Columbia University

"Reform in the Making is based on rich empirical detail from which the author constructs an account of rehabilitation programs in the specific context of prison life. The mundane realities of 'doing time' both as prisoner and as prison employee are carefully described. So too are the dilemmas of wrestling with the dual challenges of surviving and attaining some degree of satisfaction under daunting conditions. The book's case studies make a valuable empirical contribution to implementation studies, and especially to the growing body of work adopting a 'street-level' perspective."—Evelyn Z. Brodkin, University of Chicago

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Editorial Reviews

Law and Politics Book Review
An important and convincing book. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on both the implementation of social policy and the study of prisons. . . . Thoughtful and well-conceived.
— Malcolm M. Feeley
Contemporary Sociology
Lin's acceptance of the problem of any general rehabilitative program in prison is her strong point, and the great value of this book. Putting grand theory behind helps to point the way out of the miasma and double-bind of prison life.
— Larry E. Sullivan
Law and Politics Book Review - Malcolm M. Feeley
An important and convincing book. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on both the implementation of social policy and the study of prisons. . . . Thoughtful and well-conceived.
Contemporary Sociology - Larry E. Sullivan
Lin's acceptance of the problem of any general rehabilitative program in prison is her strong point, and the great value of this book. Putting grand theory behind helps to point the way out of the miasma and double-bind of prison life.
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"An important and convincing book. . . . A welcome addition to the literature on both the implementation of social policy and the study of prisons. . . . Thoughtful and well-conceived."—Malcolm M. Feeley, Law and Politics Book Review

"Lin's acceptance of the problem of any general rehabilitative program in prison is her strong point, and the great value of this book. Putting grand theory behind helps to point the way out of the miasma and double-bind of prison life."—Larry E. Sullivan, Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691095998
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix
Acknowledgments Xi
Introduction "This Place Just by Being Here Is Not Going to Correct You": The Rediscovery of Rehabilitation 3
1. Revisiting Rehabilitation: Why "What Works" Is the Wrong Question 15
2. Keeping the Peace: Institutional Needs, Institutional Values, and Implementation 33
3. Unsuccessful Implementation: The Use and Abuse of Programs 60
4. Successful Implementation: Keeping Busy and Helping Yourself 98
5. The Importance of Successful Implementation: Recasting the Debate over Mandatory and Voluntary Programs 129
Conclusion Deliberately Successful Implementation: Doing Time, Doing My Time, and Letting the Time Do Me 160
Appendix 1 Research Design Meets Prison Administration: Methodological Notes 175
Appendix 2 On Being Who You Are: Credibility, Bias, and Good Research 186
Bibliography 195
Index 207

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