Encyclopedia of American Prisons

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Marilyn D. McShane, Frank P. Williams
Taylor & Francis, Jan 21, 1996 - History - 560 pages
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The United States has the lighest incarceration rate in the world and crime is one of the major driving forces of political discourse throughout the country. Information about penal institutions, imprisonment, and prisoners is important to everyone, rom judges on the bench to citizens on the street. Now for the first time, a comprehensive reference work presents a full overview of incarceration in America. The Encyclopedia features original essays by leading U.S. corrections experts, who offer historical perspectives, insights into how and why the present prison system developed, where we are today, and where we are likely to be in the future. Every important aspect of American prisons is covered, from the handling of convicts with AIDS to juvenile delinquents behind bars, from boot camps to life without parole, from racial conflict to sexual exploitation.

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Many Americans believe more and longer incarceration is the answer to exploding crime, yet they know little about prisons except what they learn from movies and sensationalized press accounts. This ... Read full review

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Marilyn D. McShane Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Houston Downtown Ph.D. (1985) Sam Houston State University Specialization: Institutional and community corrections, child abuse, criminal justice system management, and criminological theory. Dr. McShane has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level and has served on a number of national criminal justice professional organization boards. She often serves as a reviewer for the National Institute for Justice. At Cal State, San Bernardino (tenured professor) she received the faculty Professional Development Award in 1994 and she was Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice (tenured professor) at Northern Arizona University. At Prairie View A&M, she was the senior founding professor of the Juvenile Justice Doctoral Program. Her current appointment is at the University of Houston Downtown as an endowed professor and institute director. Dr. McShane Professor McShane has a consistent record of publication and grantsmanship (more than 50 books and articles, and directed several grants). Her editorial work includes a series of dissertations with LFB Scholarly Publishing and a scholarly monograph series with Greenwood / Praeger. She co-edited the award-winning "Encyclopedia of American Prisons "and is currently co-editing the" Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice". Her most recent book is "Criminological Theory, "3rd Edition, coauthored with Frank P. Williams III.

Franklin P. Williams III Professor of Juvenile Justice, Prairie View A&M UniversityProfessor Emeritus, California State University, San Bernardino Ph.D. (1976) Florida State UniversitySpecialization: Criminological theory, corrections, fear of crime, drug abuse, methodology and statistics. Dr. Williams has taught at departments in five universities and has published a substantial number of articles, research monographs and government reports, and books. He has served as a department chair (Cal State, San Bernardino), Assistant Director for Research (Sam Houston State), Coordinator of the Doctoral Program (Prairie View A&M) and directed numerous research projects and two centers. He has served on or been elected to the boards of national scholarly organizations, chaired a major division of a national organization, and chaired/served on numerous national/regional committees. He has been an editor or deputy/associate editor for several journals and publisher s book and monograph series. He is currently serving as co-editor of two book series, an encyclopedia, and is beginning work on the fourth edition of a popular theory textbook (with over 100 articles, books, and reports published). His most recent book is "Imagining Criminology".

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