Incarcerating Criminals

Incarcerating Criminals : Prisons and Jails in Social and Organizational Context

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Incarcerating Criminals places prisons and jails in the context of their social and organizational environments, examining these modern day correctional institutions and the issues and trends surrounding them. Selections provide historical and contemporary perspectives and data on the institutions themselves, their origins and development, and current controversies such as overcrowding, substance abuse treatment, and health care. Understanding why prisons are built when they are, where they are, and administered as they are requires students to appreciate the inextricable links between these institutions, the rest of the criminal justice system, and the social and political atmosphere that supports them. Incarcerating Criminals offers students a better understanding of the reasons for developing prisons and jails and the premises underlying contemporary correctional operations and crime control proposals. A special section focuses on specific inmate groups, from mentally ill offenders to those suffering from AIDS, to female inmates and gang members, to the correctional staff themselves. The concluding section examines the future of jails and prisons, including such current issues as privatization, risk management, and technological advances that affect corrections. Edited by three of the leading scholars in the field, Incarcerating Criminals is essential for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, and public policy, and for those individuals interested in learning more about correctional more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195105419
  • 9780195105414

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A most useful section (not often found in books on penality) deals with some of the issues specifically constituted within, and circumscribed by, 'the legal environment of incarceration'. The collection edited by Flanagan et al is important in its own right because of the breadth of the range of prison topics discussed. It should appeal not only to academic students of penality but also to criminal justice and prisons personnel interested in a range of administrative issues ... it could also provide ... students with a convenient collection of some of the most signficant essays on penality by theorists ... as well as giving them a taste of some important perspectives which need to be appreciated because of the ways in which they have influnenced, and continue to influence, the development of both American and British penal institutions and penal politics. Pat Carlen, Brit. Jnl. of Criminology, Vol.40, No.3, more

Table of contents

Preface ; CHAPTER 1. THE ROLE OF PUNISHMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF INCARCERATION ; The Disappearance of Public Executions ; The Historical Origins of the Sanction of Imprisonment for Serious Crime ; The Invention of the Penitentiary ; Complete and Austere Institutions ; Prisons for Women, 1790-1980 ; CHAPTER 2. THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF INCARCERATION ; The Legacy and Future of Corrections Litigation ; Prisons: The Cruel and Unusual Punishment Controversy ; Judicial Reform and Prisoner Control: The Impact of Ruiz v. Estelle on a Texas Penitentiary ; Judicial Intervention: Lessons from the Past ; CHAPTER 3. CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS AS PEOPLE PROCESSING ORGANIZATIONS ; A Prison Superintendent's Perspective on Women in Prison ; The Special Management Inmate ; Prison Violence: A Scottish Perspective ; Changes in Prison Culture: Prison Gangs and the Case of the "Pepsi Generation" ; The Brother's Keeper: A Review of the Literature on Correctional Officers ; Organizational Barriers to Women Working as Corrections Officers in Men's Prisons ; The Prison as a Constitutional Government ; CHAPTER 4. CONTEMPORARY PRISONS AS PROCESS: CORRECTIONAL INTERVENTION ; HIV in Prisons ; AIDS Recommendations and Prisons in Australia ; Tuberculosis in Correctional Facilities ; Classification for Control in Jails and Prisons ; Effective Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems: What Do We Know? ; A Full Employment Policy for Prisons in the United States: Some Arguments, Estimates, and Implications ; Literacy Training and Reintegration of Offenders ; Effective Correctional Programming: What Empirical Research Tells Us and What It Doesn't ; Discipline ; CHAPTER 5 THE MODERN JAIL ; Prison and Jail Inmates at Midyear 1996 ; The Jail ; Who Is in Jail? An Examination of the Rabble Hypothesis ; The Jail and the Community ; CHAPTER 6. FUTURE ISSUES AND TRENDS ; Criminal Justice Performance Measures for Prisons ; Public Imprisonment by Private Means: The Re-emergence of Private Prisons and Jails in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia ; Racial Disproportion in U.S. Prisons ; What Not to Do About Crime - The American Society of Criminology 1994 Presidential Address ; The Bull Market in Corrections ; The Future of the Penitentiaryshow more

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