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NCJ Number: 127146 Find in a Library
Title: Prisoners in Prison Societies
Author(s): U V Bondeson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 371
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88738-205-3
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Annotation: This is a study of criminal career patterns over time, demonstrating how imprisonment positively correlates with later recidivism.
Abstract: The study combines original research and a 10-year followup study of Swedish inmates and surveys their attitudes on a range of subjects from political ideology to prison reform. The study also includes official statements and administrative-staff assessments from the institutions examined. Thirteen correctional institutions, ranging from training schools to youth and adult prisons as well as a preventive detention facility, are analyzed. These four types of facilities encompass representative samples of male and female and young and old offenders. Individual and group interviews reveal that the form of incarceration is less significant in determining prisoner behavior than the fact of incarceration itself. The fact of criminalization rather than the goal of rehabilitation creates conditions of permanent incarceration. The book compares penal institutions and policies in the United States with those in Sweden. Appended supplementary information, name and subject indexes, and a 300-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Effects of imprisonment; Prisonization
Index Term(s): Recidivism causes; Sweden
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