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NCJ Number: 119085 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Prisons: A Canadian View (From Current International Trends in Corrections, P 51-61, 1988, David Biles, ed. -- See NCJ-119079)
Author(s): J Braithwaite
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The prison of the future, from a Canadian perspective, should be relatively small, with a competent staff and appropriate opportunities for inmates to participate in rehabilitative activities.
Abstract: The prison of the future must be limited to those offenders who cannot be managed safely and effectively in a less costly community context. It should be clear by now that the widespread use of imprisonment is not cost-effective. The prison of the future should be smaller and provide security measures primarily through electronic systems. Future prisons will be safer and fairer. Grievance mechanisms and mediation programs will diminish the frustration that leads to violence. There might well be standard or distinctive programs developed for inmates and framed in a cooperative agreement with the inmate. Program objectives would be achieved within a specified time frame, leading to a release date. There will be increased efforts to normalize institutional life, even to the extent of providing coeducational institutions and extended private family visitation. In Canada, future prisons must offer more opportunities for native people that reflect their special needs and values.
Main Term(s): Incarceration
Index Term(s): Canada; Future trends; Prison overcrowding
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