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The U.S. Federal Prison System
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The U.S. Federal Prison System

  • Mary Bosworth - University of Oxford, UK and Monash University, Australia

July 2002 | 375 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Despite the fact that 160,000 people are locked up in our federal correctional facilities, practical information about the federal prison system remains difficult to locate. While some information may be found scattered on the Internet, in directions given at court, or through shared personal experience, there is no single source available that is a collection of all available information. The U.S. Federal Prison System is the first comprehensive reference work that includes official prison policies, first-person accounts from prisoners, and information about each federal facility.

The book is organized into two parts. Part I is an introduction to federal prison facilities, including key statistics and "views from inside" provided by inmates of federal prisons. Part II is a look at the Federal Bureau of Prisons policies on various matters such as discipline, education, visits, and religious practices. The book also contains valuable Appendices that give a thorough listing and description of all Federal prison facilities, as well as the services and charities available to prisoners and their families. With the publication of this book there will finally be an up-to-date, comprehensive reference on the U.S. federal prisons that will prove to be of lasting value to families of inmates, researchers, and the general public.

Features of this text include:
  • Comprehensive and up-to-date information—with a thorough overview of both prison policies and the federal facilities themselves
  • Photos of selected prisons
  • Part II is consistently organized with historical background information leading up to an account of the current policies. The specific federal rules and regulations governing the policies conclude each topical discussion.
  • Appendix A is the first comprehensive listing of every Federal prison in the U.S., complete with facility details and service information
  • Commentary from prisoners—first-person accounts take the reader behind the walls
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I - OVERVIEW
 
Introduction
 
Views From Inside
 
PART II - BUREAU OF PRISON POLICY
 
Arriving in Prison
 
Architecture and Design
 
Classification and Security
 
Discipline
 
Drugs and Substance Abuse Treatment
 
Education
 
Food and Commissary
 
Health and Medical Services
 
Private Prisons
 
Release Preparation
 
Religion
 
Segregation, Death Row, and Supermaximum Secure Facilities
 
Sexual Relations in Prison
 
Staff
 
Violence in Prison
 
Visits
 
Women in Prison
 
Work
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix A: Bureau of Prisons Facilities
 
Appendix B: Charities and Services for Prisoners and Their Families
 
References
 
Further Suggested Readings
 
Index
 
About the Author
Key features
  • Comprehensive and up-to-date information - With a thorough overview of both prison policies and the federal facilities themselves, this book should prove to be a useful reference for inmates, their families, researchers, and the general public.
  • The topics in the policy section, Pt. II, are consistently organized with historical background information leading up to an account of the current policies. The specific federal rules and regulations governing the policies conclude each topical discussion.
  • Commentary from prisoners – First person accounts get behind the walls.
  • Photos of prisons

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