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Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities by Mary F. Bosworth

Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities


Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities by Mary F. Bosworth

The two-volume Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities aims to provide a critical overview of penal institutions within a historical and contemporary framework. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world; a fact that has caused lawmakers, advocates, and legal professionals to rethink punishment policies as well as develop new policies on prisoner education and rehabilitation. Issues of race, gender, and class are fully integrated throughout in order to demonstrate the complexity of the implementation and intended results of incarceration. The encyclopedia also contain biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, as well as detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States. Comparative data and examples are employed to analyze the America system within an international context. The encyclopedia's 400 entries are all signed and written by recognized authorities.There is an appendix containing a comprehensive listing of every federal prison in the US complete with facility details and service information. Editorial Board Stephanie Bush-Baskette, National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University Esther Heffernan, Edgewood College Jim Thomas, Northern Illinois University


The Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities presents the questions surrounding the correctional system in the United States. . . . This set is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries, particularly those supporting programs in criminal justice, political science and governmental affairs. -- John R.M. Lawrence, Reference Librarian This timely set on prisons and correctional facilities in America covers everything from prisoners, historical personages, organizations, groups, and riots to statistics, concepts, legislation, court cases, and more. It also integrates important issues of race, gender, and class ... This very accessible set will replace the current standard in the field ... Essential for sociology, criminology, and large general collections. -- LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

About the Author

Mary Bosworth is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University. Her research interests include prisons, race, and gender. She is the author of Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women's Prisons (1999).

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Publication date

15th December 2004


Mary F. Bosworth

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SAGE Publications Inc


Contains 2 Hardbacks
1400 pages


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