Youth in Prison: We the People of Unit Four

Youth in Prison: We the People of Unit Four

by M. A. Bortner, Linda Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415914396

ISBN-13: 9780415914390

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Based on two years of intensive research in a juvenile prison, this study tells the story of youths in a "model program," created after a class action lawsuit for inhumane and illegal practices. It captures their lives inside and outside of prison: from drugs, gangs and criminal behaviour to the realities of families, schools and neighbourhoods. Drawing on

Overview

Based on two years of intensive research in a juvenile prison, this study tells the story of youths in a "model program," created after a class action lawsuit for inhumane and illegal practices. It captures their lives inside and outside of prison: from drugs, gangs and criminal behaviour to the realities of families, schools and neighbourhoods. Drawing on experience that encompasses 20 years of juvenile justice research and policy analysis, the authors scrutinize the prison's attempts to combine accountability and treatment for youths with protection for the public, situating these within the larger social and political context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415914390
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Kept, the Keepers, the Social Order

  • Juvenile Crime, Public Fear, Political Symbolism Going Inside the Prison
  • One: The Impetus and Hope for Change

  • Negotiating a Consent Decree and Envisioning a New Era

  • The Model Program: Responsibilities, Rights, and Respect

  • The Model Program's Essential Elements

  • Surpassing Old Debates, Transforming Power Relations
  • Two: Collective and Individual Identities: Who are these Prisoners, These Kids?

  • Identity and Imprisonment: "Lots of Us Inside These Walls"

  • Interactions and Interpretations

  • Life on the Streets: Friendship, Loyalties, Protection, Economics

  • The Perpetual Specter of Drugs

  • Offense Histories and Risk to Public Safety

  • Contextualizing their Offenses

  • Never Children, Still Children
  • Three: The Program's Early Success and Eventual Demise

  • The Early Days of Intense Effort, Initial Triumph

  • Responsibility and Shared Decision Making

  • Holding the World in Abeyance

  • Disinterest, Reluctant Participation

  • The Program's Demise: A Dream Diminished

  • Perpetual Change, Ineffective Treatment Groups

  • Further Component Limitations

  • "Doing the Program": Variation Among Youths
  • Four: Political Opposition, Bureaucratic Inertia, and Individual Inadequacies

  • Unilateral Decision Making and Lack of Accountability

  • Perceptions of Inconsistency and Lack of Fairness

  • Violating the Spirit of the Program

  • Organizational Impediments, Bureaucratic Inertia

  • Limited Sphere of Influence

  • Political Imperatives and Impediments
  • Five: "Going Home"

  • "When I Get Out..."

  • The Ubiquitous Influence of Drugs

  • Make New Friends, But...

  • "You Can't Take It Back"

  • Social and Economic Realities: Poverty, Unemployment, Dead Ends

  • Ever After
  • Six: Conclusion

  • The Power and Futility of Prison Fences

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