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NCJ Number: 159149 Find in a Library
Title: Corrections: A Critical Approach
Author(s): M Welch
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 487
Sponsoring Agency: McGraw Hill
Highstown, NJ 08520
Publication Number: ISBN 0-07-069181-9
Sale Source: McGraw Hill
Princeton Road
Highstown, NJ 08520
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook describes the historical development of corrections and of criminal justice policies and discusses current issues concerning the nature of punishment and the current reliance on incarceration, with emphasis on the influence of prevailing political, economic, religious, and technological factors on corrections policies.
Abstract: Individual sections focus on crime as a social problem and feature of the United States culture, fear of crime; factors that distort the public's image about crime; the emergence of formal and legal punishment from ancient times to the present; and the conservative, liberal, and critical perspectives on corrections. Additional sections examine the organizational and subcultural aspects of imprisonment; the use of jails and detention; women, juveniles, and minorities in corrections; capital punishment; institutional violence and prison riots; prisoners' rights and inmate litigation; and policies and programs providing alternatives to institutionalization. The final section considers current issues and future trends in corrections, including drug policies, inmate health care, privatization of corrections, and future policies. Photographs; tables; figures; chapter discussion questions and recommended reading lists; chapter reference lists; and case, name, and subject indexes
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections agencies; Corrections management; History of corrections
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