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NCJ Number: 159874 Find in a Library
Title: Building More Jails Cannot Solve Jail Overcrowding (From America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints, P 129-134, 1991, Stacey L. Tipp, ed. - See NCJ-159858)
Author(s): B Flicker
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
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 overcrowding problem in American jails cannot be solved by constructing new jails, because the flood of offenders arrested under current antidrug policies cannot possibly be accommodated.
Abstract: This article discusses the evolution of the jail overcrowding crisis, and the example set by the Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in dealing with jail overcrowding. Four types of strategies to relieve jail overcrowding include screening suspected and convicted criminals, initiating delay-reduction measures, developing alternative programs, and expanding jail capacity. The author contends that jail overcrowding can be resolved only when communities tackle the underlying causes of crime, develop alternative sanctions, and use existing jail space more efficiently.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Incarceration; Jails; Prison conditions; Prison construction; Prison overcrowding
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