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NCJ Number: 35114 Find in a Library
Title: END OF IMPRISONMENT
Author(s): R SOMMER
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 211
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
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Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: INTENDED FOR BOTH LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THIS TEXT DESCRIBES THE FAILURE OF IMPRISONMENT AS A METHOD FOR DEALING WITH CRIME, AND PROPOSES THAT PRISONS AS THEY NOW EXIST BE DISCONTINUED.
Abstract: A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN PRISONS WHICH ILLUSTRATES THE FAILURE OF THE PRISON SYSTEM IS FIRST PROVIDED. THE AUTHOR REVIEWS SEVERAL MODELS OF CORRECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN USED TO JUSTIFY IMPRISONMENT, INCLUDING DETERRENCE, REHABILITATION, REFORM, RETRIBUTION, AND INCAPACITATION. SUCH ASPECTS OF CORRECTIONS AS PRISON VIOLENCE, AND THE PROBLEMS OF CORRECTIONAL PERSONNEL ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. THE FATE OF PROMISING INNOVATIONS IN THE COERCIVE ENVIRONMENT OF THE PRISON IS EXAMINED, AND THE PROS AND CONS OF MODEL PRISON FACILITIES ARE DEBATED. FINALLY, THE AUTHOR OUTLINES THE PRECEDENTS, PROSPECTS, AND POLICIES FOR REFORM OF CORRECTIONS. HE PROPOSES THAT THE PRISON SYSTEM BE GRADUALLY PHASED OUT, AND REPLACED WITH COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES, SHORT TERM DETENTION, AND AMNESTY FOR SOME OFFENDERS. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Correctional institutions (adult); Critiques; Incarceration; Inmate grievances; Reform; Rehabilitation
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