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NCJ Number: 10705 Find in a Library
Title: PRISONERS IN AMERICA
Author(s): L E OHLIN
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Publication Number: U
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON THE CORRECTIONAL SYSTEM, WHICH CRITICALLY APPRAISES THE PRESENT SERVICES AND STRONGLY URGE FOR REFORM.
Abstract: THE ESSAYS IN THIS VOLUME CRITICALLY APPRAISE CORRECTIONAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES, AND STRONGLY URGE ADULT AND JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM. A JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM MUST GRANT YOUNG PEOPLE THE CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS NOW GRANTED ADULTS, SHOULD NOT IMPOSE PENAL SANCTIONS FOR ESSENTIALLY NONCRIMINAL ACTS, AND SHOULD TRANSFER WELFARE, EDUCATIONAL AND FAMILIAL PROBLEMS TO THOSE COMMUNITY AGENCIES CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH THEM MORE ABLY THAN THE COURTS. ONE EMINENT CRIMINOLOGIST, DONALD CRESSEY, EXAMINES THE DEHUMANIZING AND CRIMINALIZING EFFECTS OF INSTITUTIONAL CONFINEMENT AND PROPOSES THE ABOLITION OF PRISONS. OTHER AUTHORS EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES OF DECRIMINALIZING CERTAIN OFFENSES, AND SUGGEST SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES TO DIVERT THE OFFENDER FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT RESOURCES. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL QUESTIONS THE FORM THAT POLICY REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS SHOULD TAKE, AND DISCUSSES ISSUES STEMMING FROM RECENT DECISIONS ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CONFINED. THE AUTHORS IN 'PRISONERS IN AMERICA' REFLECT THE GROWING CONCERN ABOUT THE PLACE OF TREATMENT AND PUNISHMENT, AND THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF CORRECTIONS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED) (SNI ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Correctional facilities; Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional institutions (juvenile); Criminal justice system reform; Critiques; Inmate organizations; Inmate Programs; Inmates; Juvenile courts; Juvenile processing; Prisoner's rights
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