Parenti argues against the increasing militarization of our everyday lives. He believes that prisons today are about everything but individual reform and poses the questions, ?at what present and future costs are we enjoying safer streets??
Rafter presents an overview of the prison system since colonial times with discussion on the debate over rehabilitation versus punishment; biographies of key figures; a chronology of notable events in penal history; current data on sentencing, prison system growth, and prisoner characteristics; information on prisoners? rights, famous legal gases, and policy changes; a directory of professional organizations and agencies; and lists of print and nonprint resources. The book also discusses critical prison problems today such as overcrowding, operational costs, three-strikes legislation, units for special populations such as inmates with AIDS and the criminally insane; and new penal trends, programs and services.
In eight chapters, the book looks inside the workings of the American criminal justice system today.
This book covers a plethora a prison issues from the economic role of U.S. prisons to the inhumane conditions in prisons to health care problems.
This book discusses how notions of “manhood” evolved and how it works within the framework of economic and social limitations. It examines the effects of masculinity on aspects of inmates? lives such as race, health, sexuality, prison
Attorneys explain how criminal defendants are wrongly convicted on a regular basis. The book offers an explanation of DNA testing and how it works to free the innocent, critiques police and prosecutorial misconduct, and calls for criminal justice reform.
(see also Racism/Colonial Control/Prisons).
Wright discusses racism, class struggle, brutality, AIDS, political prisoners, and censorship as essential elements of the criminal justice system. Also available in audio cassette.
(see also Youth)
Corrections is presented against the backdrop of social forces — namely, political economic, religious, and technological forces that affect the corrections system.
Visiting two supermaximum security prisons in Indiana, the Human Rights Watch examined inhumane treatment prisoners receive. The prisoners in those facilities spend an average of 23 hours a day in a small, often windowless cells, facing years of extreme social isolation, enforced idleness, and limited recreational or educational opportunities. The Human Rights Watch pays special attention to the treatment of those with pre-existing mental illnesses.