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

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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

Acknowledgments
Preface: The Kept, the Keepers, the Social Order
1The Impetus and Hope for Change1
2Collective and Individual Identities: Who Are These Prisoners, These Kids?33
3The Program's Early Success and Eventual Demise73
4Political Opposition, Bureaucratic Inertia, and Individual Inadequacies113
5"Going Home"147
6Conclusion175
Notes181
References217
Index231

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