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NCJ Number: 10839 Find in a Library
Title: AMERICA'S PRISONS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS OR UNIVERSITIES OF CRIME. REV. ED.
Author(s): G E MCCUEN
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Publication Number: U
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ARTICLES PRESENTING CONFLICTING VIEWS ON THE UTILITY OF INCARCERATION, THE CAUSES OF CRIME AND ALTERNATIVE SCHEMES OF CORRECTIONAL REFORM.
Abstract: WHETHER OUR PRISONS ARE DOING THEIR JOB AND WHAT THAT JOB IS HAVE BECOME THE SUBJECT OF PUBLIC DEBATE. THE VARIOUS POINTS OF VIEW ON THE ISSUES INVOLVED ARE SET FORTH TO HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THIS CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT. SEVERAL OF THE ARTICLES POINT OUT THE HOSTILITY AND BRUTALITY WHICH ACCOMPANY PRISON LIFE AND ARGUE THAT PRISON CONDITIONS CREATE RATHER THAN REFORM ANTI-SOCIAL ATTITUDES. THE STUDENTS READING THIS VOLUME ARE ENCOURAGED TO QUESTION THE ROOTS OF CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND DECIDE WHAT PART, IF ANY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEPRIVATION PLAYS IN SENDING A MAN TO JAIL. OTHER AUTHORS ARGUE THAT MODERN THEORIES OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTIONAL REFORM SHOW DISPROPORTIONATE REGARD FOR CRIMINALS AND LITTLE CONCERN FOR THE PROTECTION OF SOCIETY AND INNOCENT VICTIMS. THREE EXAMPLES OF PRISON ALTERNATIVES WITH WHICH PENAL REFORMERS ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING ARE DESCRIBED. THESE ARE A COED FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION USING FEW SECURITY MEASURES, AN EXPERIMENT IN COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS, AND A PRISON REFORM PROJECT IN SWEDEN. VARIOUS STUDY EXERCISES ARE PROVIDED TO ASSIST THE STUDENT IN TESTING HIS ABILITY TO DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN DEGREES OF TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD, AND BETWEEN OPINION AND FACTS. QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AT THE START OF EACH ARTICLE TO GUIDE THE READER TO ITS MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING POINTS. (SNI ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional organization; Course materials; Education; Facility conditions
Note: OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS SERIES - V 5 HV 9471.M394 1973
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