Prisons and Prison Life

Prisons and Prison Life : Costs and Consquences

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Prisons and Prison Life investigates and analyzes prisons--and the often undocumented costs of imprisonment for all involved. Beginning with a short history of imprisonment in the U.S., the text covers all aspects of prison life, including profiles of prisoners, a description of life in prison, women's prisons, correctional officers, management issues, and re-entry. The use of first-person quotations further enriches the discussion and personalizes the issues. Topical issues such as private prisons, supermax prisons, and AIDS are also discussed. Coverage includes: * A detailed and comprehensive discussion of the history of imprisonment rates and its impact on other areas of government spending * A chapter on the "drug war" and how it has contributed to the explosive growth of prisons and affected the subcultures within them * A chapter on the emerging problem of re-entry and how we must be prepared to accept back into society thousands of offenders who were given long sentences in the early 1980s * A discussion of how women's prisons are different from men's and the unique management issues associated with prisons for women * A detailed chapter on prisoner rights and the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act * Review questions to stimulate class discussion or for testing purposesshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195332210
  • 9780195332216

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"This is a wonderful book. It clearly and cogently presents readers with the realities of today's prisons, along with the philosophies and policies responsible for their current form."--William E. Harver, Widener University"The book is clear, informative, and well written. The liberal use of quotes shows how individuals (inmates and staff members) experience and interpret imprisonment--and gives balance to the data and historical trends which the author reports on."--Charles Hanna, Duquesne University"I praise the author for her ability to introduce students to the 'here-and-now' world of correctional literature by introducing many timely correctional topics.... The book is a refreshing change, providing very current research and information."--Christopher Hensley, Morehead State University "This is a wonderful book. It clearly and cogently presents readers with the realities of today's prisons, along with the philosophies and policies responsible for their current form."--William E. Harver, Widener University "The book is clear, informative, and well written. The liberal use of quotes shows how individuals (inmates and staff members) experience and interpret imprisonment--and gives balance to the data and historical trends which the author reports on."--Charles Hanna, Duquesne University "I praise the author for her ability to introduce students to the 'here-and-now' world of correctional literature by introducing many timely correctional topics.... The book is a refreshing change, providing very current research and information."--Christopher Hensley, Morehead State University "This is a wonderful book. It clearly and cogently presents readers with the realities of today's prisons, along with the philosophies and policies responsible for their current form."--William E. Harver, Widener University"The book is clear, informative, and well written. The liberal use of quotes shows how individuals (inmates and staff members) experience and interpret imprisonment--and gives balance to the data and historical trends which the author reports on."--Charles Hanna, Duquesne University"I praise the author for her ability to introduce students to the 'here-and-now' world of correctional literature by introducing many timely correctional topics.... The book is a refreshing change, providing very current research and information."--Christopher Hensley, Morehead State Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Prisons: Then and Now; Chapter 2. The War on Drugs: A Misguided Policy; Chapter 3. The New Bastille: Prisons Today; Chapter 4. The Prisoners; Chapter 5. Living in Prison: Wasted Lives and Broken Dreams; Chapter 6. Programs, Education and Health Care; Chapter 7. Prisoner Rights: "Now You See Them, Now You Don't"; Chapter 8. Prisons for Women; Chapter 9. "Doing Time Eight to Five"; Chapter 10. "We Shall Be Released"show more

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