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  NCJ Number: NCJ 108613     Find in a Library
  Title: America's Prisons
  Editor(s): B Szumski
  Date Published: 1985
  Page Count: 157
  Annotation: Prisoners, psychologists, crime victims, and others are the sources of papers that debate issues pertaining to the purpose of prisons, how prisons affect inmates, how offenders should be sentenced, and alternatives to prison.
  Abstract: Papers which address the purpose of prisons consider whether prisons should and can rehabilitate, whether prisons should punish, whether punishment is effective, and whether prisons do or do not protect society. Papers dealing with prison's affect on criminals debate whether prisons create a criminal personality or the criminal personality exists prior to prison, whether prisons are violent and dehumanizing, and whether prisons can have their intended effect if they are too comfortable. In discussing sentences, papers address the pros and cons of selective imprisonment and crime victims' participation in sentencing. Discussions of alternatives to prison focus on the effectiveness of probation, the efficiency and fairness of privately operated prisons, offender restitution to victims, military conscription, and corporal punishment. Chapter bibliographies, list of organizations to contact, list of 10 periodicals which feature prison issues, and subject index.
  Main Term(s): Incarceration and Imprisonment
  Index Term(s): Sentencing/Sanctions ; Punishment ; Effects of imprisonment ; Alternatives to institutionalization ; Prisonization
  Publication Number: ISBN 0-89908-350-1
  Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
  Type: Issue Overview
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series, fourth edition
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