Crisis and Reform: Current Issues in American Punishment

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 1994 - Law - 377 pages
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After 300 years of the American struggle with crime and punishment-related issues, The nation seems less able to deal with them now than at any other time in history.† Why have we failed?† is the worst yet to come? in Crisis and Reform, criminology expert Alexis M. Durham III explores the most serious problems currently plaguing America's correctional system, their historical background, and possible solutions. Topics covered include: Prison Crowding AIDS in Prison Difficulties Associated with Older Inmates Women in Prison Changing the Offender Alternatives to Incarceration, including Electronic Monitoring, Intensive Supervision, House Arrest, Community Services, and Day-Reporting Centers Boot Camps Prison Privatization the Death Penalty
  

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Contents

Theory Ideology and Rationales for Punishment
7
Ideology
16
OvercrowdingA Modern Correctional Nightmare
31
Federal Prisons
38
The Effects of Penal Crowding
47
Solving the Overcrowding Crisis
55
AIDS Tuberculosis and
67
Tuberculosis and the Modern Prison
86
Fines Restitution
205
Restitution213
214
DayReporting Centers
220
The Prison Boot Camp
231
Historical Precursors
235
The New York Experience
242
Concluding Observations
253
The Privatization of Prisons
259

Prisons and Older Offenders
92
Women in Prison
105
Problems in Womens Prisons
113
Thinking about Women in Prison Thinking
124
Changing the Offender
133
Rehabilitation
139
A Partnership of Deterrence
159
Intensive Supervision
169
Political Context
175
What Are Alternative Sentences?
178
Home Confinement
187
Conclusion
196
Major Concerns Regarding Modern Correctional
273
Conclusions
291
The Death Penalty
299
The Effects of Capital Punishment
307
What the Public Wants
321
Failure What Might Be Done and What Corrections
333
Why Have We Failed?
339
The Basis for Public Knowledge of Crime
346
Looking Beyond Corrections
353
The Crisis Continues
361
Index
367
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