This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 12: The “Prison Pays” Studies: Research or Ideology?
The “Prison Pays” Studies: Research or Ideology?
In recent years, a number of articles and reports have been published documenting the rise in U.S. crime rates and advocating increased use of incarceration to reverse the trend. These reports, if widely accepted by legislatures, could have a major impact on probation and parole services. In fact, data from these studies have already been used to abolish parole in at least one state, and it's clear that the battle is just beginning. Pending legislation in a number of jurisdictions calls for limiting the use of probation, parole, and intermediate sanction programs. In one Midwestern state, a pending bill even prohibits counties from implementing intensive supervision programs for juveniles. Leading the charge ...