Americas Prisons

Americas Prisons

by Greenhaven Press


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Opposing Viewpoints Series
For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737775372
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 01/22/2016
Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 What Problems Do America's Prisons Face?

Chapter Preface 18

1 The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander 20

2 Too Many Prison Inmates? It's Not So Simple Morris B. Hoffman 28

3 The Prison System Is Broken Because of the War on Drugs Brian Mann 32

4 The Scariest Explanation for America's Vast Prison Population: We Want It That Way Jakub Wrzesniewski 38

5 The Private Prison System Is Dysfunctional and Cruel Brian Magee 45

6 Private Prisons Are Beneficial Erwin A. Blackstone Simon Hakim 51

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 57

Chapter 2 Who Is in America's Prisons?

Chapter Preface 59

1 African Americans Are Overrepresented in Prisons Rina Palta 61

2 The African American Incarceration Rate Is the Result of African American Crime Jason L. Riley 68

3 Female Prisoners Should Receive Gender-Specific Attention Megan Quattlebaum 74

4 We Should Stop Putting Women in Jail. For Anything Patricia O'Brien 79

5 The Juvenile Detention System Is Broken Sara Mayeux 84

6 Juvenile Detention Can Be Effective James Swift 93

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 101

Chapter 3 Are Prisoners Treated Humanely?

Chapter Preface 103

1 Solitary Confinement Is Torture-and Morally Wrong Heather Rice 105

2 Yes, Some Inmates Still Deserve Solitary Confinement Greg Dobbs 110

3 Food as Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists Eliza Barclay 114

4 Prisoner Disenfranchisement Is Wrong and Dangerous Jonathan Purtle 119

5 Prisoner Disenfranchisement Should Not Be Abandoned Hans A. von Spakovsky 125

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 130

Chapter 4 Do Prison Alternatives Work?

Chapter Preface 132

1 Drug Courts Are Not a Good Alternative for Drug Offenders Margaret Dooley-Sammuli Nastassia Walsh 134

2 Drug Courts Are a Good Alternative for Drug Offenders Jessica Huseman 139

3 Electronic Monitoring Is an Effective Alternative to Incarceration Dylan Matthews 145

4 Electronic Monitoring Is Not an Effective Alternative to Incarceration James Kilgore 153

5 Public Shaming Is a Good Substitute for Imprisonment Brian Hampel 162

6 Public Shaming Is Not a Good Substitute for Imprisonment David M. Reutter 166

Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 178

For Further Discussion 179

Organizations to Contact 182

Bibliography of Books 187

Index 191

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