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Title: Researching Your Local Jail - A Citizen's Guide for Change
Author(s): F H Knopp; V Mackey; M Phillips; N Zane
Corporate Author: Prison Research Education Action Project
United States of America

Educational Designs for Justice - Onondaga
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Educational Designs for Justice - Onondaga
Syracuse, NY 13202
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Prison Research Education Action Project
Syracuse, NY 13224
Safer Society Press
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Safer Society Press
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Prepared in response to the jail crisis in New York State, this handbook addresses research techniques that community groups can use to top expansion of jails or penitentiaries and advocate less costly and more humane altenatives to incarceration.
Abstract: An introductory outline of key strategies for reducing the use of imprisonment covers stopping new jail or penitentiary expansion, removing offenders who do not present a danger to society from institutions, and using more community-based sanctions and services. Themes for community education are suggested. The manual emphasizes that the basic issue in New York State's jail crisis is unnecessary imprisonment rather than overcrowded and antiquated facilities. Costs of jailing and the influence that citizens can exercise over jail policies are discussed. Sources of information on the size, composition, and characteristics of New York's jail population are identified. Methodologies for forecasting jail populations, determining existing jail capacities, and estimating the size of the jail population are detailed. Because characteristics of the jail population are important in discussing issues of unnecessary imprisonment, statistical categories which should receive special attention are noted. The section on jail costs outlines methods to calculate operating and capital expenditures. Standards developed by the State Commission of Corrections are recommended as a checklist for citizens who wish to research jail conditions. Excerpts from a report of the Genesee Judicial Process Commission on alternatives to incarceration are provided as an example of effective data presentation. Tabular data and illustrations are given. A list of agencies working to reduce jail populations and informational materials on similar community programs are appended.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community action programs; Community involvement; Correctional reform; Jails; New York; Reference materials
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