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NCJ Number: 156114 Find in a Library
Title: Yesterday and Tomorrow: Prison Technology in 1900 and 2000
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:(July 1995)  Pages:114-120
Author(s): J W Roberts
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article compares corrections technologies that were new at the beginning of the 20th Century.
Abstract: Included are the Bertillon system versus fingerprinting, the use of prison uniform to aid in inmate identification, cell and cell-door construction improvement, the use of firearms and restraints to control inmates, and the movement to improve prison living conditions. In the early 1900's, the Bertillon system was the most advanced and reliable criminal identification system in use. This system, and other technologies innovative for the time, reflected the movement toward greater professionalism in corrections and brought about significant improvements in inmate management. Emerging technologies designed to attain comparable goals for the correctional institutions of the 21st Century are discussed. 8 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): History of corrections; Inmate classification; Less lethal technologies; Prison conditions; Science and Technology
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