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NCJ Number: 155953 Find in a Library
Title: Rising Inmate Populations: Policy and Management Issues
Journal: Justice Report  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(1995)  Pages:10-12
Author(s): J Edwards
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Views of the Correctional Services of Canada on prison overcrowding are addressed in terms of the scope of the problem and policy and management implications.
Abstract: After many years of 2.5 to 3 percent growth, Canada's federal inmate population has been increasing far more rapidly in recent years: 5 percent over the 12 months ending March 31, 1993; 8.5 percent by March 1994; and an estimated 5.5 percent by March 1995. Causes of this increase relate to the impact of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act of 1992, the steady increase in the number of lifers, rising prison admissions, longer prison sentences, declining conditional releases, and higher suspensions and conditional release revocations. Policy implications of prison overcrowding focus on the use of incarceration as a correctional tool, early intervention to redirect youthful and other criminals into prosocial behavior, and sentencing reform. Management implications of prison overcrowding are discussed in relation to increasing prison capacity and minimizing adverse impacts of imprisonment.
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Canada; Corrections management; Corrections policies; Foreign correctional facilities; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign inmates; Incarceration; Prison management; Prison overcrowding; Sentencing reform
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