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It's about Time America's Imprisonment Binge

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ISBN-10: 0534514987

ISBN-13: 9780534514983

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: James Austin, John Irwin

List price: $77.95
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IT'S ABOUT TIME provides a compelling argument, based on extensive research, illustrating how the U.S. attempts to lower crime by using our correctional system as the primary solution. The book includes personal accounts from prisoners to illustrate the brutal aspects of prison life and the intent of the U.S. to create a "prison industrial complex." This book often exposes students for the first time to varying points of view of the corrections system. The authors, one of whom served 10 years in prison and is now a noted criminologist in the field, present the material in a powerful but compassionate manner. The book's strong research base and accessible style make it a popular choice for a wide variety of courses.
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Book details

List price: $77.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.30" wide x 9.20" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Our Imprisonment Binge
America's Growing Correctional Industrial Complex
The Politics of the Fear of Crime
America's History of Warehousing Prisoners
What Has Been Accomplished by the Imprisonment Binge?
The Costs of the Imprisonment Binge
Notes
Who Goes to Prison?
Public Misperceptions About Who Goes to Prison
National Trends on Prison Admissions
A Closer Look at Who Goes to Prison
How Serious Are Their Crimes?
Patterns of Crime
Habitual Offenders
Conclusions
Notes
The Imprisonment of Children and Women
The Children's Imprisonment Binge
The Imprisonment Binge of Women
Notes
The Private Prison Binge
Background
Privatization of Corrections: A Historical Overview
The Debate
A Closer Look at State Prison Privatization
The Future of Privatization
Notes
Doing Time
Warehousing Prisoners
The Development of the Contemporary Prison
The Bureaucratic Prison
The Prisoner Experience
Coping with Violence
Crippled
Alienated
Notes
Super Max
What Is Super Max?
History of Administrative Segregation
The Official Program
The Reality of Lockup
Turmoil in Lockup
New Maximum-Security Prisons
A Closer Look at a Contemporary Lockup Unit: The Texas Administrative Segregation Population
The Consequences of Lockup
Notes
Release
The Growing Number of Prison Releases
The Rising Tide of Parole Failures
Obstacles to Making It After Release
Those Who Make It
Notes
The Correctional Treatment Industrial Complex
Introduction
Factors Related to Criminal Behavior
What Does Work?
Boot Camps
Prison Drug Treatment
Summary
Notes
The Three Strikes and You're Out Movement
Introduction
Diversity Among the States
Comparison of the New Laws with Preexisting Sentencing Provisions
Description and Legislative History of the California Law
Impact of California's Law on the Courts
Variation by Counties in the Application of the Law
Impact on State Prison Systems
Who Are the Strikers?
Impact on Correctional Costs in California
Impact on Crime Rates Within California
Impact on Crime Rates Among the States
Summary
Notes
It's About Time
The Financial Cost
The "Incarceration Reduces Crime" Debate
Voodoo Criminology
America's Farm System for Criminals
Our Prison System in the Twenty-First Century
It's About Time
Notes
Index