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Corrections: A Critical Approach, 3rd edition confronts mass imprisonment in the United States, a nation boasting the highest incarceration rate in the world. This statistic is all the more troubling considering that its correctional population is overrepresented by the poor, African-Americans, and Latinos.
Not only throwing crucial light on matters involving race and social class, this book also identifies and examines the key social forces shaping penal practice in the US - politics, economics, morality, and technology. By attending closely to historical and theoretical development, the narrative takes into account both instrumental (goal-oriented) and expressive (cultural) explanations to sharpen our understanding of punishment and the growing reliance on incarceration.
Covering five main areas of inquiry - penal context, penal populations, penal violence, penal process, and penal state - this book is essential reading for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in undertaking a critical analysis of penology.
Part 1: Penal Context 1. Introducing a Critical Approach 2. A History of Punishment and Prisons 3. America's Penal Past 4. Theoretical Penology Part II: Penal Populations 5. Social World of Prisoners 6. Women in Corrections 7. Juveniles in Corrections 8. Minorities in Corrections Part III: Penal Violence 9. Assaults and Riots 10. Death Penalty Part IV: Penal Process 11. Jails and Detention 12. Prisoners’ Rights 13. Alternatives to Incarceration Part V: Penal State 14. Working in Prison 15. The Corrections Industry 16. War on Drugs 17. War on Terror