Defining Documents in American History: Prison Reform, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1642650390
  • ISBN-13: 9781642650396
  • DDC: 365.973
  • 600 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released July 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The Americas have had prisoners since the first settlers arrived from Europe. Since then, there have been efforts to reform and improve the prison system in this country. This volume gathers and analyzes documents that discuss prison reform debates and legislation, prison privatization, efforts to end practices like solitary confinement, and improvement of prison mental health care. Documents analyzed include: Remarks on Prisons and Prison Systems in the United States<\I>; The Declaration of Principles by the National Congress of Penitentiary and Reformatory Discipline<\I>; Fifty Years of Prison Services: An Autobiography<\I>; Changing Lenses - A New Focus for Crime and Justice<\I>; Privatizing Correctional Institutions: An Organizational Perspective<\I>; and the FIRST STEP Act<\I>. Provides commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Includes Summary, Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Detailed Document Analysis, and discussion of Essential Themes.<\P>

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher's Note.
Editor's Introduction.
Other Frontmatter.
“Prisons ” without Wardens, Walls, or Cells.
1: The Transportation Act of 1717.
2: Felons and Rattlesnakes.
3: Letters from America, Letter VI.
4: Founding Vision for Georgia.
5: A True and Historical Narrative of the Colony of Georgia, Settlers’ Grievances.
6: Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV.
7: On Billy the Kid.
8: Jesse James in His Own Defense.
9: Shootout at the O.K. Corral.
Antebellum Prisons and Prison Reform.
10: A Visit to the Philadelphia Prison.
11: Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Massachusetts State-Prison.
12: State Prisons and the Penitentiary System Vindicated.
13: Prison Discipline: The Auburn and Pennsylvania Systems Compared.
14: On the Penitentiary System in the United States.
15: First and Twenty-Seventh Annual Reports of the Board of Managers of the Prison Discipline Society, Boston.
16: Memorial to the Legislature of Massachusetts.
17: A Letter from New York.
18: Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States.
Prisons & Prison Reform in The Late Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries.
19: The Criminal Insane in the United States and Other Countries.
20: Ten Days in a Mad-House.
21: Sketch of the Life and Work of Linda Gilbert.
22: The Jail as a Perverter of Womanhood.
23: Declaration of Principles, National Prison Congress.
24: The Individual Method of Dealing with Girls and Women Awaiting Court Action.
25: Wall Shadows: A Study in American Prisons.
26: Within Prison Walls.
27: Practical Efforts at Character Building for Jail Prisoners.
28: Fifty Years of Prison Service.
29: The School Idea in Prisons for Adults.
30: Attica Manifesto and Declaration to the People of America.
31: In Prison.
32: Report of the Attorney General on the February 2 and 3, 1980 Riot at the Penitentiary of New Mexico.
33: Ruiz v. Estelle.