Prisons in the United States: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • Cyndi Banks
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  • ISBN-10: 1440844380
  • ISBN-13: 9781440844386
  • DDC: 365.97323
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 309 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released December 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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Offering perspectives from a range of experts, both academic and nonacademic, this reference book examines the development of prisons in the United States and addresses the principal contemporary issues and controversies of our prisons and prison systems.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Contemporary World Issues Series.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Half Title Page.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Imprisonment in America.
4: Mass Injustice: The War on Drugs, Institutional Discrimination, and the Impact on U.S. Prisons.
5: Supermax: A Troubling Trend in Incarceration.
6: Should a College Degree Be Required for Correctional Officers?.
7: Challenges Faced by Female Prison Officers Working with Female Prisoners.
8: Threads of Correctional Leadership: A Warden’s Perspective.
9: Working with Chronically Mentally Ill Inmates: A Shift Commander’s Perspective.
10: Roll Call.
11: Profiles.
Data and Documents.
12: Incarceration Trends and Numbers.
13: Demographic Characteristics.
14: Type of Offense.
15: Recidivism.
16: Mandatory Minimum Sentences.
17: Life Sentences and Life without Parole.
18: The Aging Prison Population.
19: Mental Health.
20: Documents.
21: Resources.
22: Chronology.
About the Author.