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Long-Term Imprisonment
Policy, Science, and Corrrectional Practice

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April 1995 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With recent sentencing law changes at the state and national level, the United States will continue to use long-term confinement more than any other nation in the world. In this authoritative yet accessible volume, scholars, correctional authorities, researchers, and prisoners examine the use of long- term incarceration as a response to crime, the effects of long- term incarceration, and the strategies used by long-term inmates to adjust to confinement. Long-Term Imprisonment explores the prison experience of both male and female inmates and discusses the correctional management challenges posed by long-term incarceration. The core of this collection, edited by Timothy Flanagan, is a set of articles first published in The Prison Journal, the official journal of the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the oldest journal in the field of corrections. These articles are complemented with research reports on the effects of long-term confinement, a comprehensive analysis of long-term inmates currently confined in American and Canadian prisons, and essays written by long-term prisoners. If you are interested in the use and operation of prisons, and in the impact of these institutions on the people confined within them, this book is for you. In addition to students studying imprisonment, the book informs correctional administrators and policymakers about the nature of long-term inmate population and the impact of long-term imprisonment. "Timothy Flanagan began studying the effects of long-term incarceration over two decades ago when he conducted one of the first major studies of prisoners serving long sentences. Since then, many changes have occurred in corrections and sentences practices that have greatly increased sentence lengths and the number of prisoners serving long sentences. The collection of the essays contained in Long-Term Imprisonment represents the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and definitive review of literature regarding the effects of long-term incarceration on prisoners. Flanagan provides readers with a variety of perspectives of long- term imprisonment by including articles written by prison researchers, corrections officials, and long-term prisoners. This book is must reading for anyone interested in life in prisons and the unique world of the long-term prisoner." --Kevin N. Wright, Binghamton University

Norman A Carlson
Foreword
Timothy J Flanagan
Preface
 
PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES ON LONG-TERM IMPRISONMENT
Timothy J Flanagan
Long-Term Incarceration
Issues of Science, Policy and Correctional Practice  
Timothy J Flanagan
An American Portrait of Long-Term Imprisonment
John R Weekes
Long-Term Offenders in Canada
 
PART TWO: LONG-TERM PRISONERS ON LONG-TERM IMPRISONMENT
Ronald Wikberg and Burk Foster
The Long-Termers
Louisiana's Longest Serving Inmates and Why They've Stayed So Long  
Michael G Santos
Facing Long-Term Imprisonment
Carl Kummerlowe
Coping with Imprisonment
A Long-Termer's View  
 
PART THREE: THE EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM IMPRISONMENT
J Steven Wormith
The Controversy over the Effects of Long-Term Incarceration
Doris Layton MacKenzie and Lynne Goodstein
Long-Term Incarceration Impacts and the Characteristics of Long-Term Offenders
An Empirical Analysis  
James Bonta and Paul Gendreau
Reexamining the Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Prison Life
Nigel Walker
The Unwanted Effects of Long-Term Imprisonment
 
PART FOUR: ADAPTATION AND SURVIVAL AMONG LONG-TERM INMATES
Timothy J Flanagan
Adaptation and Adjustment among Long-Term Prisoners
Elaine Genders and Elaine Player
Women Lifers
Assessing the Experience  
Doris Layton MacKenzie, James W Robinson and Carol S Campbell
Long-Term Incarceration of Female Offenders
Prison Adjustment and Coping  
Edward Zamble
Behavior and Adaptation in Long-Term Prison Inmates
Descriptive Longitudinal Results  
Laura T Fishman
The World of Prisoners' Wives
 
PART FIVE: CORRECTIONAL RESPONSES AND THE MANAGEMENT OF LONG-TERM PRISONERS
Hans Toch
The Good Old Days in the Joint
Timothy J Flanagan et al
Administrative Perspectives on Management of Long-Term Prisoners
Barry Mitchell
Management of Life Sentence Prisoners in England and Wales
Anthony E Bottoms, William Hay and J Richard Sparks
Situational and Social Approaches to the Prevention of Disorder in Long-Term Prisons
Michael J Sabath and Ernest L Cowles
Using Multiple Perspectives to Develop Strategies for Managing Long-Term Inmates
Ernest L Cowles and Michael J Sabath
Addressing the Program Needs of Long-Term Inmates
William R T Palmer
Programming for Long-Term Inmates
A New Perspective  
Timothy J Flanagan
Sentence Planning for Long-Term Inmates
 
AFTERWORDS
Hans Toch
The Long-Term Inmate as a Long-Term Problem
Timothy J Flanagan
Correctional Policy and the Long-Term Prisoner

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