It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge

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Cengage Learning, Jul 27, 2012 - Social Science - 288 pages
Based on extensive research, IT'S ABOUT TIME: AMERICA'S IMPRISONMENT BINGE, 4e offers a compelling argument illustrating how the U.S. attempts to lower crime by using our correctional system as the primary solution. The book's comprehensive coverage exposes students--many for the first time--to the varying points of view of the corrections system. Personal accounts from prisoners--and one of the authors--spotlight the brutal aspects of prison life and the intent of the U.S. to create a prison industrial complex. The authors, one of whom served 10 years in prison before becoming a noted criminologist in the field, present the material in a powerful but compassionate manner. Completely current, the Fourth Edition includes updated statistics and coverage of such key issues as sex offenders, immigration, the impact of the war on terror, and more. The book's strong research foundation and reader-friendly presentation make it an ideal resource for a wide variety of courses.
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Contents

Our Imprisonment Binge
1
Who Goes to Prison?
21
The Imprisonment of Children and Women
49
Doing Time
66
The Correctional Treatment Industrial Complex
96
The Rise and Fall of Supermax
121
Private PrisonsCan They Do It Better?
147
Release Recidivism and Reentry
169
Special Topics
195
Unlocking America
230
Index
267
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