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NCJ Number: 159869 Find in a Library
Title: Prisons Are Violent and Dehumanizing (From America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints, P 92-98, 1991, Stacey L. Tipp, ed. - See NCJ- 159858)
Author(s): J Irwin; M Snedeker
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that the failure of prisons to rehabilitate criminals and a rapidly increasing prison population have led to the deterioration of American correctional facilities.
Abstract: The authors contend that, in contrast to earlier periods, when inmates comprised a small, autonomous, and fairly harmonious community, correctional managers today segregate prisoners, encourage informing, and tolerate overcrowding. The result is that inmates fail to progress during their term of incarceration toward the ultimate goal of living as a well-equipped member of society. As prisoners stagnate within a prison environment that can be accurately described as a warehouse, their sense of alienation grows, and many take on the an extremist outlaw identity, becoming unable to cope in the outside world upon their release.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Incarceration; Prison conditions
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