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NCJ Number: 141218 Find in a Library
Title: Prisons: The Continuing Crisis in New South Wales
Author(s): D Grant
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 271
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 1-86287-085-3
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This book examines the continuing prison crisis in New South Wales, identifying what the author views are the system's basic flaws, discussing how key decisions have been made in ignorance of these flaws, and recommending ways in which the prison system can be managed free of crisis.
Abstract: The starting point of this discussion is a focus on prisoner status, which provides an effective entry to significant penological issues. The author maintains that the prison crisis in New South Wales stems from fundamental conflicts about prison status; traditional analyses have emphasized the relative merits of the standard purposes of imprisonment including expiation, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and deterrence. The various topics of prison management which are publicly debated--escapes, remissions, level of prisoner comforts, and prisoners' rights--are indicative of different perceptions of prisoners and their status. And each model provides the framework for a different regime of prisoner management. Separate chapters in this book explore in detail the prisoner profile, architectural forms in New South Wales prisons, the impact of different political forces on prison operations, the prison bureaucracy, and the influence of the media on the outcome of prison issues.
Main Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; Prisoner's rights
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; New South Wales; Prison management
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