eBook Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Mary Bosworth [Wesleyan University (Middletow]
  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412925355
  • ISBN-13: 9781412925358
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1334 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2005 | Published/Released June 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2005
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The two-volume Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, originally published in print format in 2004, 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 also contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, as well as 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 signed and written by recognized authorities. An appendix containing a comprehensive listing of every federal prison in the U.S. is included.

Topics covered include:

  • 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

This title is available in eBook format through Gale Virtual Reference Library.



  • Mary Bosworth [Wesleyan University (Middletow]


"This set is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries, particularly those supporting programs in criminal justice, political science and governmental affairs." --Lawrence Looks at Books, October 2005

— Lawrence Looks at Books