Reforming Punishment Psychological Limits to the Pains of Imprisonment

ISBN-10: 1591473179
ISBN-13: 9781591473176
Edition: 2006
Authors: Craig Haney
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 386
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090

The author of this hard-hitting book argues that the U.S. justice and prison system suffers from fatal structural and legal flaws that cause pain to the imprisoned and ultimately increase crime. He presents evidence that problems in prisons--which include overcrowding, violence, and sexual assault--are the result of poor design, lack of funding, and an outdated understanding of individual punishment that does not acknowledge the context in which crimes are perpetrated.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Humane Values, Psychology, and the Pains of Imprisonment
Modern Psychological Theory and the Revamped Role of Prison
The Problematics of Pain: Limiting Prison Excess
Adapting to Long-Term Incarceration: The Deferred Pains of Imprisonment
Victims' Rights and Prison Pain
Conclusion
Psychology and the Prison Form
Human Nature and the History of Imprisonment
The Emergence of the Prison Form
Psychological Individualism, Perfectibility, and Prison Policy
The Rise of Psychological and Prison "Science"
Psychological Science and the Pragmatics of Confinement
Formalizing the Rehabilitative Ideal
Psychology in the "Progressive Era" Criminal Justice System
The Practice of Prison Psychology
Prison Trends at Midcentury: Science Begins to Pay Modest Dividends
Conclusion
Spreading Pain: The Punitive State and the State of the Prisons
The Corrections Crisis by the Numbers
The Racialization of Prison Pain
The Crisis Expands: Accommodating the Press of Numbers
The Climate of Harsh Punishment
Prison Failure Begets Prison Growth
The Benefits and Burdens of Mass Imprisonment
Conclusion
Attribution Error as Crime Control and Prison Policy
The Punitive Legacy of Slavery
Context and Criminal Law: "Fundamental Attribution Error" as Crime Policy
Mandated Ignorance: Dispositionalizing Race-Based Disparity
Drug Laws: Waging War With Prison Pain
Race, Drugs, and Prison Policy: A Nexus of Causes and Consequences
Conclusion
Prison as Criminogenic Context
Context Matters: Social History, Circumstance, and Crime Causation
The Contextual Revolution in Psychology
Criminogenic Lives: The Role of Social Historical Factors
Juvenile Institutionalization: State-Sanctioned Risk Factors
Criminogenic Contexts: The Role of Immediate Situations
The Criminogenics of Race and Ethnicity in a Divided Society
Conclusion
Surviving the Social Context of Prison
Measuring Prison Pain
The Psychological Toll of Incarceration
Coping With the Stress of Imprisonment
On Prisonization as Coping
Prison Conditions and Prison Violence
Extreme Reactions to Painful Conditions of Confinement
Conclusion
Overcrowding and the Situational Pathologies of Prison
Overcrowding: The Emergence of a Destructive Correctional Norm
Crowding and Deprivation: Creating a Dysfunctional Prison Context
The Dynamics of Desperation: Cycles of Dysfunctional Behavior
Measuring Harm in Unstable Prison Systems
Prisons Behaving Badly: The Broader Context of Overcrowding
Ignoring the Critical Needs of Prisoners in Times of Crisis
Maintaining Control Through Force and Intimidation
The Contextual Origins of the Prison Gang
The Legacy of Adverse Conditions: Riots and Recidivism
Conclusion
"Special Needs" Prisoners in Extremis
The Legal Status of "Special Needs" Prisoners
Recent Trends in Incarcerating Vulnerable Persons
Prevalence Estimates of Especially Vulnerable Prisoners
Context-Based Special Challenges: Rules, Conflict, and Discipline
Patterns of "Maladaptation" Among Vulnerable Prisoners and the Implications of "Prison Madness"
Conclusion
Using Psychology to Limit Prison Pain
Prison Law and the Disregard of Context
The Evolution of the Eighth Amendment
Developing Minimal Standards for Regulating Harsh Conditions
The Individualizing of the Constitutional Law of Prisons
Narrowing the Legal Scope of Prison "Harm"
The Wages of Deference: Race and the Context of Imprisonment
Beginning to Evaluate and Limit Painful Conditions of Confinement
Conclusion
Limiting Prison Pain: A Psychologically Informed Corrections Agenda
Limiting Prison Pain by Ending the Overuse of Imprisonment
Do No Harm: Normalizing Prison Contexts
Minimizing and Responding to Adverse Prison Effects
Resurrecting the Rehabilitative Ideal
Psychological Treatment in a Context-Oriented Prison Setting
Race-Related Prison Reforms
Gangs and Context: Reducing Prison Pathologies
The Context of Reentry: Preserving Positive Change
Conclusion
Toward a Rational Prison Policy
Author Index
Subject Index
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