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By: Mary K. Stohr, Cheryl Lero Jonson & Francis T. Cullen

In: The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future

Chapter 13: Lessons Learned: From Penal Harm to Penal Help

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Lessons Learned: From Penal Harm to Penal Help
Lessons learned: From penal harm to penal help
Mary K. StohrCheryl Lero JonsonFrancis T. Cullen

We live in exciting times for students and scholars studying crime and justice in this country. The drug war is waning. The death penalty and harsh punishments are losing favor with the general public. The stolid belief in the infallibility of the criminal justice process has slackened among the public, just as, or possibly because, the number of exonerations is rising. The amount of crime continues a 30-year slide. Decarceration of prisons is afoot in the states and localities, and it appears a paradigm shift is in process. The belief in the validity of rehabilitation programming has gained converts. Restorative justice programming ...

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