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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on American Prisons

ISBN 9780367552671
Published December 22, 2021 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook on American Prisons is an authoritative volume that provides an overview of the state of U.S. prisons and synthesizes the research on the many facets of the prison system. The United States is exceptional in its use of incarceration as punishment. It not only has the largest prison population in the world, but also the highest per-capita incarceration rate. Research and debate about mass incarceration continues to grow, with mounting bipartisan agreement on the need for criminal justice reform.

Divided into four sections (Prisons: Security, Operations and Administration; Types of Offenders and Populations; Living and Dying in Prison; and Release, Reentry, and Reform), the volume explores the key issues fundamental to understanding the U.S. prison system, including the characteristics of facilities; inmate risk assessment and classification, prison administration and employment, for-profit prisons, special populations, overcrowding, prison health care, prison violence, the special circumstances of death row prisoners, collateral consequences of incarceration, prison programming, and parole. The final section examines reform efforts and ideas, and offers suggestions for future research and attention.

With contributions from leading correctional scholars, this book is a valuable resource for scholars with an interest in U.S. prisons and the issues surrounding them. It is structured to serve scholars and graduate students studying corrections, penology, institutional corrections, and other related topics.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Prison Security, Operations, and Administration

Chapter 1: Prison Rules, Regulations, and Disciplinary Procedures
Beverly Reece and Catherine D. Marcum

Chapter 2: The Evolution of Privatized Corrections in America
Laurie A. Gould and Matthew Pate

Chapter 3: Review of Risk Assessment and Classification in Prison
Tim Brennan

Chapter 4: Working in Institutional Corrections: The Roles, Responsibilities, and Challenges of Being a Correctional Officer
Nancy Hogan and Eric Lambert

Chapter 5: Convenience without Conscience: Supermax Confinement in American Penology
Kevin Minor

Part 2: Types of Offenders and Populations

Chapter 6: Who Goes to Prison and Why: Examining Offender Characteristics and Offense Types
Jonathan Grubb

Chapter 7: Women in Corrections
Brenda Blackwell

Chapter 8: People Suffering from Mental Illness in Prison
Brent Teasdale, Leah E. Daigle, and Taylor Gann

Chapter 9: Elderly Inmates
Doris Schartmueller

Part 3: Living and Dying in Prison

Chapter 10: Prison Violence
Robert Johnson, Ann Marie Rocheleau, and Esther Matthews

Chapter 11: Misconduct in Corrections
TaLisa J. Carter

Chapter 12: Sexual Behavior in Prison
Jessie L. Krienert and Jeffrey A. Walsh

Chapter 13: Correctional Healthcare
Patricia Becker and Daniel O’Connell

Chapter 14: Life on Death Row
Gordon Crews, Stephen Stanko, Garrison Crews, and Luzenski A. Cottrell

Part 4: Release, Reentry, and Reform

Chapter 15: Cognitive and Psychological Programming for Correctional Populations
Laura Rubino, Amber Petkus, and Valerie R. Anderson

Chapter 16: Educational and Skill-Based Programming
Jennifer Ortiz and Hayley Jackey

Chapter 17: Collateral Consequences of Incarceration
Samantha Kopf and Thomas Mowen

Chapter 18: Collateral Consequences of Incarceration on Community
Janet Muniz and Kristin Turney

Chapter 19: Reforming Penality
Natasha A. Frost and Stacie St. Louis

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Laurie A. Gould is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. Her areas of specialization include, corrections, comparative penology, state fragility, and gender and crime. She has co-authored two books [em dash] Corporal Punishment Around the World (Praeger) and State Fragility Around the World: Fractured Justice and Fierce Reprisal (CRC Press) [em dash] and her journal articles have been published in numerous national and international journals including The British Journal of Criminology, Violence Against Women, and Women and Criminal Justice. Her teaching interests include comparative world justice systems, corrections, and research methods.

John J. Brent, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. His areas of interest include the cultural and structural dynamics of crime and crime-control, how institutions create and perpetuate inequalities, building a theoretical foundation for criminal justice theory, and how individuals are disciplined and punished.