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It's about time : America's imprisonment binge

Author: James Austin; John Irwin
Publisher: Australia ; Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
Resource added for the Criminal Justice {u2013} Law Enforcement 105046 and Professional Studies 105045 programs.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Austin; John Irwin
ISBN: 9780534615963 0534615961
OCLC Number: 149099290
Description: xii, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: I. Our Imprisonment Binge --
America's Growing Correctional Industrial Complex- The Costs of the Imprisonment Binge- The Politics of the Fear of Crime- America's History of Warehousing Prisoners- What Has Been Accomplished by the Imprisonment Binge?- A Glimmer of Hope- Notes II. Who Goes to Prison? --
Public Misperceptions About Who Goes to Prison- National Trends on Prison Admissions- A Closer Look at Who Goes to Prison- How Serious Are Their Crimes?- Patterns of Crime- More Recent Portraits- Summary- Notes III. The Imprisonment of Children and Women --
Introduction- The Children's Imprisonment Binge- The Imprisonment Binge of Women- Notes IV. Doing Time --
Warehousing Prisoners- The Development of the Contemporary Prison- The Modern Bureaucratic Prison- The Prisoner Experience- Coping with Violence- Crippled- Alienated- Notes V. The Correctional Treatment Industrial Complex --
Introduction- Factors Related to Criminal Behavior- What Does Work?- Boot Camps- Prison-based Drug Treatment- Summary- Notes VI. The Rise and Fall of Supermax --
Segregation and Supermax- History of Administration Segregation- Turmoil in Lockup- The Move to Supermax Prisons- The Consequences of Lockup- The Declining Use of Super Maxes- A Glimmer of Hope-How and Why Mississippi Closed Its Supermax- Notes VII. Private Prisons- Can They Do Better? --
Background- Privatization of Corrections: A Historical Overview- The Debate- What the Research Shows- The Future of Privatization- Notes VIII. Release, Recidivism, and Reentry --
Background- The Growing Number of Prison Releases- The Criminogenic Effects of Parole Supervision- Obstacles to Making It After Release- Those Who Make It- Notes IX. Special Topics --
Introduction- Confidential Informants and the War on Drugs- Terrorism and Prisons- Three Strikes- The Growing Number of Lifers- Sex Offenders- Notes X. Unlocking America --
Introduction- The "Incarceration Reduces Crime" Debate- Voodoo Criminology- America's Farm System of Criminals- Notes.
Responsibility: James Austin, John Irwin.


Offers an argument illustrating how the US attempts to lower crime by using our correctional system as the primary solution. This book provides coverage that exposes students to the varying points of  Read more...


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1. Our Imprisonment Binge. 2. Who Goes to Prison. 3. The Imprisonment of Children and Women. 4. The Private Prison Binge. 5. Doing Time. 6. Super Max. 7. Release. 8. The Correctional Treatment Read more...

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