The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future

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Overview

For the first time in four decades, prison populations are declining and politicians have reached the consensus that mass imprisonment is no longer sustainable. At this unique moment in the history of corrections, the opportunity has emerged to discuss in meaningful ways how best to shape efforts to control crime and to intervene effectively with offenders. The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, by Francis T. Cullen, Cheryl, Lero Johnson, and Mary K. Stohr, pulls together established correctional scholars to imagine what this prison future might entail. Each scholar uses his or her expertise to craft—in an accessible way for students to read—a blueprint for how to create a new penology along a particular theme. For example, one contributor writes about how to use existing research expertise to create a prison that is therapeutic and another provides insight on how to create a “feminist” prison. In the final chapter the editors pull together the “lessons learned” in a cohesive, comprehensive essay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452241364
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Pages: 285
  • Sales rank: 353,026
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in sociology. He received a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University. Professor Cullen has published over 300 works in the areas of corrections, criminological theory, white-collar crime, public opinion, the measurement of sexual victimization, and the organization of criminological knowledge. His recent works include Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser, Sisters in Crime Revisited: Bringing Gender into Criminology (in Honor of Freda Adler), The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, Reaffirming Rehabilitation (30th Anniversary Edition), and Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences. Professor Cullen is a Past President of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he received the ASC Edwin H. Sutherland Award.

Cheryl Lero Jonson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Northern Kentucky University. She received a Ph.D. (2010) in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati. She is the co-author of Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences; and The Origins of American Criminology. Her published work has appeared in Criminology and Public Policy; Crime and Justice: A Review of Research; and Victims and Offenders. Her current research interests include the impact of prison on recidivism, sources of inmate violence, the use of meta-analysis to organize criminological knowledge, early intervention and crime prevention, and work-family conflict among law enforcement officials.

Mary K. Stohr is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. She received a Ph.D. (1990) in political science, with specializations in public administration and criminal justice, from Washington State University. Professor Stohr has published over 80 academic works in the areas of correctional organizations and operation, correctional personnel, inmate needs and assessment, program evaluation, gender, and victimization. Her books, with others, include The American Prison (with Cullen and Jonson); Corrections: The Essentials (with Walsh); Correctional Assessment, Casework and Counseling (with Walsh); Corrections: A Text Reader (with Walsh and Hemmens); Criminal Justice Management: Theory and Practice in Justice Centered Organizations (with Collins); and The Prison Experience (with Hemmens). She is the Executive Director of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, received the Founders Award from ACJS in 2009, and is a Co-Founder of the Corrections Section of ACJS.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Therapeutic Prison - Paula Smith and Myrinda Schweitzer
Chapter 2. The Restorative Prison - Lois Presser
Chapter 3. The Faith-Based Prison - Byron R. Johnson
Chapter 4. The Virtuous Prison - Francis T. Cullen, Jody L. Sundt and John F. Wozniak
Chapter 5. The Feminist Prison - Kristi Holsinger
Chapter 6. The Racially Just Prison - Craig Hemmens and Mary K. Stohr
Chapter 7. The Safe Prison - Benjamin Steiner and Benjamin Meade
Chapter 8. The Healthy Prison - Roberto Hugh Potter and Jeffrey W. Rosky
Chapter 9. The Private Prison - Kevin A. Wright
Chapter 10. The Green Prison - Mary K. Stohr and John F. Wozniak
Chapter 11. The Small Prison - Cheryl Lero Jonson, John E. Eck and Francis T. Cullen
Chapter 12. The Accountable Prison - Francis T. Cullen, Cheryl Lero Jonson and John E. Eck
Chapter 13. Lessons Learned - Mary K. Stohr, Cheryl Lero Jonson and Francis T. Cullen

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