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It's about Time : America's Imprisonment Binge

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780534514983

ISBN10:
0534514987
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/14/2000
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

IT'S ABOUT TIME provides a compelling argument, based on extensive research, illustrating how the U.S. attempts to lower crime by using our correctional system as the primary solution. The book includes personal accounts from prisoners to illustrate the brutal aspects of prison life and the intent of the U.S. to create a prison industrial complex. This book often exposes students for the first time to varying points of view of the corrections system. The authors, one of whom served 10 years in prison and is now a noted criminologist in the field, present the material in a powerful but compassionate manner. The book's strong research base and accessible style make it a popular choice for a wide variety of courses.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Our Imprisonment Binge
1(16)
America's Growing Correctional Industrial Complex
1(4)
The Politics of the Fear of Crime
5(4)
America's History of Warehousing Prisoners
9(3)
What Has Been Accomplished by the Imprisonment Binge?
12(1)
The Costs of the Imprisonment Binge
13(2)
Notes
15(2)
Who Goes to Prison?
17(33)
Public Misperceptions About Who Goes to Prison
17(2)
National Trends on Prison Admissions
19(3)
A Closer Look at Who Goes to Prison
22(3)
How Serious Are Their Crimes?
25(6)
Patterns of Crime
31(7)
Habitual Offenders
38(8)
Conclusions
46(1)
Notes
47(3)
The Imprisonment of Children and Women
50(14)
The Children's Imprisonment Binge
50(7)
The Imprisonment Binge of Women
57(5)
Notes
62(2)
The Private Prison Binge
64(26)
Background
64(3)
Privatization of Corrections: A Historical Overview
67(4)
The Debate
71(6)
A Closer Look at State Prison Privatization
77(8)
The Future of Privatization
85(1)
Notes
86(4)
Doing Time
90(27)
Warehousing Prisoners
90(1)
The Development of the Contemporary Prison
91(6)
The Bureaucratic Prison
97(3)
The Prisoner Experience
100(8)
Coping with Violence
108(1)
Crippled
109(2)
Alienated
111(1)
Notes
112(5)
Super Max
117(22)
What Is Super Max?
117(2)
History of Administrative Segregation
119(1)
The Official Program
120(1)
The Reality of Lockup
121(1)
Turmoil in Lockup
121(4)
New Maximum-Security Prisons
125(4)
A Closer Look at a Contemporary Lockup Unit: The Texas Administrative Segregation Population
129(2)
The Consequences of Lockup
131(6)
Notes
137(2)
Release
139(21)
The Growing Number of Prison Releases
139(4)
The Rising Tide of Parole Failures
143(3)
Obstacles to Making It After Release
146(5)
Those Who Make It
151(6)
Notes
157(3)
The Correctional Treatment Industrial Complex
160(24)
Introduction
160(2)
Factors Related to Criminal Behavior
162(3)
What Does Work?
165(2)
Boot Camps
167(2)
Prison Drug Treatment
169(10)
Summary
179(1)
Notes
180(4)
The Three Strikes and You're Out Movement
184(35)
Introduction
184(2)
Diversity Among the States
186(5)
Comparison of the New Laws with Preexisting Sentencing Provisions
191(4)
Description and Legislative History of the California Law
195(2)
Impact of California's Law on the Courts
197(4)
Variation by Counties in the Application of the Law
201(1)
Impact on State Prison Systems
202(2)
Who Are the Strikers?
204(4)
Impact on Correctional Costs in California
208(2)
Impact on Crime Rates Within California
210(2)
Impact on Crime Rates Among the States
212(1)
Summary
213(1)
Notes
214(5)
It's About Time
219(34)
The Financial Cost
220(2)
The ``Incarceration Reduces Crime'' Debate
222(14)
Voodoo Criminology
236(3)
America's Farm System for Criminals
239(1)
Our Prison System in the Twenty-First Century
240(4)
It's About Time
244(5)
Notes
249(4)
Index 253


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