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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241871     Find in a Library
  Title: Homelessness, Poverty, and Incarceration: The Criminalization of Despair
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  Author(s): Larry Covin, Jr., DMin
  Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice  Volume:12  Issue:5  Dated:October-December 2012  Pages:439 to 456
  Date Published: 11/2012
  Page Count: 18
  Annotation: The conditions of jails and prisons in the United States are more often than not deplorable and hidden from public view.
  Abstract: The conditions of jails and prisons in the United States are more often than not deplorable and hidden from public view. The inhumane treatment of prisoners and their appalling living conditions is untenable and requires justice. A 2009 report by the National Institute of Corrections found that the United States ranks first in the industrialized world in the incarceration of its citizens. The social conditions within U.S. society that contribute to criminogenic pathologies—including homelessness, poverty, social location, drug and alcohol addiction, undiagnosed mental illnesses, dysfunctional familial patterns, underperforming pedagogical institutions, and a criminal justice system struggling with the juxtaposition of rehabilitative and punitive justice—serve notice to reframe the current conversation pertinent to corrections today. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
  Main Term(s): Corrections research
  Index Term(s): Recidivism ; Sentencing recommendations ; Poverty and crime ; Homeless offenders ; Corrections trends
  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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