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Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities
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Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities

Two Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Mary Bosworth - University of Oxford, UK and Monash University, Australia

December 2004 | 1 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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The two-volume Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities aims to provide a critical overview of penal institutions within a historical and contemporary framework. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, a fact that has caused lawmakers, advocates, and legal professionals to rethink punishment policies as well as develop new policies on prisoner education and rehabilitation.

Issues of race, gender, and class are fully integrated throughout in order to demonstrate the complexity of the implementation and intended results of incarceration. The Encyclopedia contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, and detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States. Comparative data and examples are employed to analyze the American system within an international context. The Encyclopedia's 400 entries are all written by recognized authorities. The appendix contains a comprehensive listing of every federal prison in the U.S., complete with facility details and service information.

Key Themes

Juvenile Justice
Labor
Prison Architecture
Prison Populations
Prison Reform
Privatization
Race, Gender, Class
Security and Classification
Sentencing Policy and Laws
Staff
Theories of Punishment
Treatment Programs

Editorial Board 
Stephanie Bush-Baskette, National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) 
Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University 
Esther Heffernan, Edgewood College 
Jim Thomas, Northern Illinois University

 
List of Entries
 
Reader's Guide
 
List of Sidebrs
 
Timeline
 
List of Contributors
 
Introduction
 
Ackoweledgements
 
About the Author
 
Entries A - Z
 
Appendix
 
Master bibliograpy
 
Master Index

"This timely set on prisons and correctional facilities in America covers everything from prisoners, historical personages, organizations, groups, and riots to statistics, concepts, legislation, court cases, and more.  It also integrates important issues of race, gender, and class ... This very accessible set will replace the current standard in the field ... Essential for sociology, criminology, and large general collections."

LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

The Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities presents the questions surrounding the correctional system in the United States. . . . This set is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries, particularly those supporting programs in criminal justice, political science and governmental affairs.

John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian
East Carolina University
Key features
  • Well-established lead editor
  • Not much competition
  • Extensive Sage Reference list of first-class encyclopedias in criminology and criminal justice will be published by 8/04.
  • Unique features: sidebars, prisoner letters, timeline, art/photo program

 

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ISBN: 9780761927310
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