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NCJ Number: 120304 Find in a Library
Title: American Prison: Issues in Research and Policy
Editor(s): L Goodstein; D L MacKenzie
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 298
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Publication Number: ISBN 0-306-43197-1
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A collection of reports by authors noted for critical perspectives on and strategies for improving correctional policy and practice address contemporary issues pertinent to corrections as a system, legal issues in contemporary corrections, prison management, living in prison, and corrections research and the future.
Abstract: Although each chapter reviews current research in a specific corrections area and the implications for correctional policy, several themes unify the volume. One theme concerns the emergence of the rational bureaucratic model of correctional administration, with its increased attention to due process and accountability. A second theme running through several chapters regards the impact of the Nation's political climate on prison management and the interaction between the private sector and correctional systems. The issue of the individual inmate and his/her relationship to the correctional environment is the focus of several chapters as well. A third theme is the problem of using significant research findings for improved correctional management within a climate of limited resources. Among the specific topics discussed are the effectiveness of correctional rehabilitation, the privatization of prisons, inmates' right of access to the courts, equal protection for female inmates, sentencing reform, correctional industries, prison classification, prison guards as agents of social control, and inmate adjustment to prison. Chapter references, subject index. For individual chapters, see NCJ 120305-16.
Main Term(s): Prison management
Index Term(s): Prison conditions; Prison overcrowding; Sentencing reform
Note: Volume 4 in the Law, Society, and Policy series.
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