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NCJ Number: 122637 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Penal Reform: The Dynamic of Change
Journal: Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology  Volume:80  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:726-780
Author(s): S H Pillsbury
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 55
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The history and dynamics of penal reform are examined and three major forces shaping penal change are identified: moral idealism, society's need for order, and the efficient operation of penal institutions and staff.
Abstract: The operation of the major forces shaping penal change is examined by studying such historical milestones as the creation of the penitentiary, the creation of the correctional system, and the evolution of the determinate sentencing movement. The article proposes a strategic approach to reform that respects the pluralistic nature of punishment and predicts that significant penal change will occur in the near future. 232 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Correctional reform; Penology
Index Term(s): Correctional law; Corrections policies; Criminology
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