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NCJ Number: 186313 Find in a Library
Title: Can Prisons Work? The Prisoner as Object and Subject in Modern Corrections
Author(s): Stephen Duguid
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 308
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A6, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8020-4811-0
Sale Source: University of Toronto Press
Publications Fund
63A St George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A6,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This book demonstrates and argues that prison inmates can be persuaded to change their attitudes, values, and behaviors while in prison, so that they are prepared to become law-abiding citizens upon release.
Abstract: The author believes this process occurs most effectively when directed by "outsiders" who focus on education rather than on therapy or coercion. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws on a combination of literary sources, prison interviews, statistical data, and the author's own experience in teaching inmates in prisons, this book re-examines the history of treatment and education programs in prisons in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in the modern era. The central issue of "what works in prison" is addressed by examining the meaning of the word "works" in the context of the modern criminal justice system and in the culture as a whole. Through revisiting the record of successful rehabilitation efforts, the author argues that through education programs, prisons can provide for a more "natural," "organic," or "authentic" process of self-transformation through empowerment, communication of values, and the formation of new interests. Since neither this nor any other approach will work for every inmate, it is essential to understand how it works for some and why it fails for others. Chapter notes and a subject index
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Inmate academic education; Inmate Education Assistance Programs; Rehabilitation
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