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Beyond prisons : a new interfaith paradigm for our failed prison system

Author: Laura Magnani; Harmon L Wray; American Friends Service Committee. Criminal Justice Task Force.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Society of Friends (Quakers) founded America's first "penitentiary" in the 1790s. For more than forty years, the American Friends Service Committee has worked with prisoners, parolees, and victims of crime, seeking just alternatives to incarceration. In Beyond Prisons, the AFSC offers a powerful moral critique of the American criminal justice system and describes a new paradigm for dealing with criminals based  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Magnani; Harmon L Wray; American Friends Service Committee. Criminal Justice Task Force.
ISBN: 0800638328 9780800638320
OCLC Number: 62872457
Notes: A report by the American Friends Service Committee, Criminal Justice Task Force.
Description: viii, 204 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: History of a failed system --
The Philadelphia experiment --
The penitentiary system : religious roots --
The penitentiary system : philosophical roots --
The panopticon --
The development of the penitentiary system --
The dynamics of crime and punishment in America --
The problem --
The intersection of race and class --
Practicing white supremacy --
The legacy of economic dominance : class --
In our back yards : the penal system at the local level --
Policing --
In the courthouse : the U.S. adversarial legal system --
The pre-trial process --
County jails --
Probation and community corrections --
Taking local communities seriously --
Sentencing : the cold heart of the penal system --
The California example --
Federal sentencing policy --
Carrying out the drug war --
Three strikes --
The death penalty --
Throwing away the key : life without mercy --
Parole : the terminating program in the rehabilitative model --
Extra punishment for sex offenders --
Criminal records : the permanent punishment --
Cages : state and federal prisons today --
The corporatization of punishment --
Private prisons and accountability --
Prison guards --
The super-max and other forms of torture --
Manufacturing madness --
Prison gang policies : a threat to our security --
Political prisoners --
Immigrants in the criminal justice system --
Sexism --
Women --
Sexual relations and prison rape --
Transgender prisoners --
Prison and disability --
The mentaly ill --
Health care --
Spanning generations : impact of prisons on families --
Prison ministry --
Youth, poverty, and delinquency --
History of the juvenile justice system --
The language of demonization --
Criminalization of youth --
Creating gangs --
Zero tolerance --
An alternative vision of justice --
Survivors --
Punishment --
Forgiveness --
Breaking the cycle --
Searching for a new justice paradigm --
Can prisons rehabilitate --
From prison abolition to a new paradigm --
Reform vs. abolition --
Alternatives --
Restorative/peace-building justice --
Problems with restorative justice --
Examples of peace-building justice --
AFSC's twelve-point plan.
Responsibility: Laura Magnani, Harmon L. Wray.
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Tracing the history and features of the penal system, this book lays out a paradigm of criminal justice based on restorative justice and reconciliation. It opens a national dialogue on  Read more...

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