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Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment, Second Edition
Philosophical Perspectives on Punishment, Second Edition (December 2015)
Gertrude Ezorsky - Editor

Historical and contemporary philosophical writings on punishment.

Bringing together classic and contemporary texts, this collection considers general philosophical concepts about and justifications for punishment, along with particular issues such as the death penalty and possible alternatives to punishment. New to the second edition are sections on prison labor, solitary confinement, and issues relating to the ...(Read More)
 
 
Doing Justice in the People's Court
Doing Justice in the People's Court (November 1996)
Sentencing by Municipal Court Judges
Jon'a Meyer - Author
Paul Jesilow - Author

Presents research findings on city courts and their processing of misdemeanors, illuminating the conditions under which bias is maximized and minimized in the lower courts.

"Through analyses of interviews and in-court observations, this work critically and effectively examines how the different ideologies of judges, the presence or absence of legal counsel for defendants, the use of interpreters for non-English-speaking ...(Read More)
 
 
Gender, Ethnicity, and the State
Gender, Ethnicity, and the State (April 1996)
Latina and Latino Prison Politics
Juanita Diaz-Cotto - Author

Examines the experiences of Latina and Latino prisoners in New York maximum security prisons, offering a realistic interpretation of the relationship that exists between prisoners, the state, and the civil society within which prisons operate.
"This study is unique in its attention to the interaction of gender and ethnicity in prisoner organizing and prison management. Based largely on interviews with Puerto Rican ex-inmates and with corr...(Read More)
 
 
When Women Kill
When Women Kill (February 1996)
Coramae Richey Mann - Author

A fascinating profile of female homicide offenders emerges from this analysis of the characteristics of women murderers in six cities in the United States, including the circumstances of the murders, the role of the victims, the role of the perpetrators, and their fates in court.

The volume explores every aspect of females who murdered--from arrest through sentencing--and provides descriptions of ecological and other cir...(Read More)
 
 
Preparing Convicts for Law-Abiding Lives
Preparing Convicts for Law-Abiding Lives (November 1995)
The Pioneering Penology of Richard A. McGee
Daniel Glaser - Author

This analysis of corrections' pioneer Richard A. McGee draws upon his many lucid writings, on comments by those who worked closely with him, and on interviews with McGee himself and others. This book interprets his efforts, accomplishments, and limitations in their historical context, yet relates them all to current possibilities and problems in crime control.

In 23 years of directing California corrections, and in his national leadership tha...(Read More)
 
 
Simple Theory, Hard Reality
Simple Theory, Hard Reality (August 1995)
The Impact of Sentencing Reforms on Courts, Prisons, and Crime
Tamasak Wicharaya - Author

This book evaluates the impact of tough sentencing reforms on the courts, prisons, and crime. It also unpacks the resulting policy implications.
This book analyzes the origins, contemporary trends, and consequences of sentencing reforms in the United States. It explores and clarifies the principles, current practices, and implementation problems of "get tough on crime" legislation that has been America's most predominant response to crim...(Read More)
 
 
An Introduction to the Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency
An Introduction to the Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency (February 1995)
David Musick - Author

This basic overview of juvenile delinquency in the United States emphasizes the connection between delinquency and other problems faced by "at risk" children in America.
"Musick has written a refreshing, genuinely new text that provides exceptionally clear guidance through the historical, legal, and analytical complexities of defining and explaining delinquency. The book is extremely interesting to read, largely because of the fascinating...(Read More)
 
 
Ethnicity, Race, and Crime
Ethnicity, Race, and Crime (February 1995)
Perspectives Across Time and Place
Darnell F. Hawkins - Editor

This book examines both historical and contemporary patterns of crime and justice among white ethnics and nonwhite racial groups in the United States.

Researchers have long noted that rates of reported crime and punishment are higher for some ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. than for others. Comparatively high rates of crime have been reported for white ethnic Americans during the past and some groups of racial minorities today. These ob...(Read More)
 
 
Harm in American Penology
Harm in American Penology (December 1994)
Offenders, Victims, and Their Communities
Todd R. Clear - Author

This book analyzes the sources and results of the fourfold increase in the U.S. correctional population since 1970. It considers the following themes: the value of punitiveness, defined as penal harm; research on crime and criminals; concerns about victims of crime; and concerns about community safety. It also analyzes the relationship between social problems and penal harm, such as poverty and crime during the twenty-year period of correctional ex...(Read More)
 
 
Psychological Classification of the Adult Male Prison Inmate
Psychological Classification of the Adult Male Prison Inmate (August 1994)
Patricia Van Voorhis - Author

This book describes and examines five psychological systems for classifying adult male prison inmates: 1) Warren's I-level; 2) Megargee's MMPI-Based Criminal Classification System; 3) Hunt's Conceptual Level; 4) Quay's Adult Internal Management System; and 5) the Jesness Inventory Classification System. It also presents psychometric data on the reliability and validity of each system and illustrates different adjustment patterns of prison inmates....(Read More)
 
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