Explaining U.S. Imprisonment
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Explaining U.S. Imprisonment



© 2010 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Explaining U.S. Imprisonment examines women in prison, minorities, the historical path to the modern prison, a wide range of contemporary issues, and social influences on prison reform. While focusing on prisons, this one-of-a-kind book is written within the context of the sociology of punishment and covers cutting-edge topics such as detaining immigrants, the War on Terror, and prison in the 21st century.

Features

  • Uses a historical and social framework to place U.S. corrections and imprisonment policies in context
  • Includes first-hand accounts from inmates, as well as primary source documents written by early prison reformers
  • Integrates research on women, men, and minorities throughout, rather than separating each topic into a stand-alone chapter
  • Begins chapters with thought-provoking quotes to set the stage for the content that follows

Explaining U.S. Imprisonment is ideal for use as a supplementary text in undergraduate and graduate courses on corrections, imprisonment, and theories of punishment. It is also appropriate for use in courses on criminal justice, incarceration, minority issues in law, sociology of law, and the study of the modern prison system.

INTRODUCTION
1: THE ORIGINS OF U.S. IMPRISONMENT: BEYOND THE PENITENTIARY
Colonial Justice  
The War of Independence (1775-1783)  
Prisons, Slavery and the Antebellum South  
Religious Reform in the North  
The Civil War  
Reconstruction  
Women’s Prison  
Debating Imprisonment  
Conclusion  
2: PENAL REFORM AND PRISON SCIENCE: ENGINEERING ORDER AND BUILDING AMERICA
Penal Reformism: The National Prison Association  
‘Prison Science’: Reformism and Social Engineering  
The First World War: Conscientious Objectors and Prison  
The Federal Bureau of Prisons  
The Depression: Prisons, Labour and Social Structure  
World War II: Questions of National Security  
Women’s Reformatories  
Reform, Science and Nation-Building  
Conclusion  
3: PRISON CULTURE: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL CHANGE
The Prison Community  
Importation vs. Deprivation  
Gender  
Race  
Sexuality  
Research Methods, Governance and Social Control  
Conclusion: Contextualizing Sociological Accounts of Imprisonment  
4: AN ERA OF UNCERTAINTY: RIOTS, REFORM AND REPRESSION
Attica  
Activism Before and After Attica  
The Administration of Justice  
The Demise of Rehabilitation  
Penal Revisionism and Prisoners’ Rights: Theory v. Practice  
Conclusion  
5: THE PUNITIVE TURN: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR MASS IMPRISONMENT
The Reagan Years  
Legislating Punishment  
Private Prisons  
Prison Building and Supermax  
Challenging Imprisonment in an Era of Punitivism  
Conclusion  
6: A CULTURE OF CONTROL
Prisons and Politics in the 1990s  
Punishment and Modern Society: Explaining the Culture of Control  
Neo-conservatives, the Culture Wars and Prison  
Managing Prisons  
Experiencing Incarceration and Challenging the Culture of Control  
Conclusion  
7: CHALLENGING THE CULTURE OF CONTROL?
Prisons in the Twenty-first Century  
The Costs of Imprisonment: An Emerging Critique  
Prison Conditions and Public Safety  
The Courts: An Alternative Source of Critique  
Hurricane Katrina  
Governing Through Crime  
Opening the Prison: Convict Voices  
Conclusion: Governing Through Imprisonment?  
8: THE NEW DETENTION: SECURING THE BORDER
Context  
The Law  
Detaining Immigrants  
The War on Terror  
Scholarly Accounts of the War on Terror: A Failure of the Criminological Imagination?  
Conclusion  
CONCLUSION

good overview for advanced penology course

Professor Martin Horn
Law Police Science Dept, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
October 22, 2010

Fits my needs as well as an afordable package with the second book.

Professor Patrick Faiella
Public Service Social Sci Div, Massasoit Community College - Brockton
October 20, 2010

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