The Prison Journal

The Prison Journal

An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions

Rosemary L. Gido Indiana University of Pennsylvania

eISSN: 15527522| ISSN: 00328855|Current volume: 95|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

The Prison Journal was begun by the Pennsylvania Prison Society, America’s oldest prison reform organization, which was founded in 1787. The Prison Journal has continued to be a central forum for studies, ideas, and discussions of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions.

Exploring broad themes of punishment and correctional intervention, The Prison Journal advances theory, research, policy and practice. The journal also enhances the knowledge of correctional-systems practitioners and scholars by providing descriptive and evaluative accounts of innovative programmes and policies, state-of the-art surveys and reviews, and legal and historical analysis. Distinguished experts discuss emerging trends, innovations and developments in the rapidly changing world of corrections and alternative sentencing.

In-Depth Analysis

The Prison Journal
regularly supplements its coverage of the field with timely Special Issues devoted to a single topic of current concern. These Special Issues explore areas previously neglected and offer vital new insights and advancements in research, theory and practice. Recent Special Issues have included: Women in Prison and Jails Education in Correctional Settings Drug-Involved Offenders

Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Prison Journal
is international and interdisciplinary, presenting a diversity of perspectives. You'll find work by practitioners and academics from a variety of countries and a broad range of disciplines. The journal provides you with a comprehensive forum that fully explores current issues, concerns and solutions in the field. In the pages of the journal you'll read contributions from many areas, such as: criminal justice administration criminal justice/law health/mental health history political science psychology public administration public policy sociology

The editorial team's aim is to establish The Prison Journal as a focal point and the forum of choice for studies, ideas, and discussion of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions.

Editorial Advisory Board
Bruce A. Arrigo University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA
Todd R. Clear John Jay College, USA
Francis T. Cullen University of Cincinnati
Lanette P. Dalley University of Colorado at Denver
William DiMascio The PA Prison Society
Mary Dodge University of Colorado at Denver
Dr. Michael Gordon Friends Research Institute
Julia Hall Drexel University
M. Kay Harris Temple University, USA
Craig Hemmens Washington State University
Zelma Henriques John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA
Christopher Hensley University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Kareem L. Jordan University of Massachusetts Lowell
Janice Joseph The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
David Kalinich Florida Atlantic University
Edward J. Latessa University of Cincinnati, OH
James Lawrence New York State Commission of Correction
Daniel Lee Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Liam Leonard Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland
Arthur J. Lurigio Loyola University, Chicago, IL USA
Danielle McDonald Northern Kentucky University
Cassandra Reyes West Chester University
Jeffrey Ian Ross University of Baltimore
Mary Stohr Washington State University
Stan Stojkovic University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Richard Tewksbury University of Louisville
Gennaro Vito University of Louisville
Wayne Welsh Temple University, USA
Eric Wodahl University of Wyoming
Gary Zajac The Pennsylvania State University
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  • THE PRISON JOURNAL: An International Forum on Incarceration and Alternative Sanctions was begun by The Pennsylvania Prison Society, America's oldest prison reform organization, founded in 1787. The editorial team's aim is to establish as a focal point and the forum of choice for studies, ideas, and discussion of adult and juvenile confinement, treatment interventions, and alternative sanctions. Contributions in the form of articles, research notes, review essays, and book reviews should explore broad themes of punishment and correctional intervention. Submissions that advance theory, research, policy, and practice will be considered, as will descriptive and evaluative accounts of innovative programs and policies, state-of-the-art surveys and reviews, and legal and historical analyses.

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