Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author’s singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality. Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons.
High Plains Youth Center in Brush, Colorado, opened in 1993 as a 180-bed facility under the management of Rebound, Inc., a Denver-based company that specialized in housing juveniles. The formula for profit was simple: charge between $140 and $180 per juvenile and refuse to spend money on basic services and programs. As a result, Rebound, Inc. generated considerable revenue while inflicting undue suffering on those trapped behind its locked doors. Many of the juveniles not only had histories of criminal violence but also battled emotional and psychological problems. Although Rebound, Inc. promoted itself as an ideal facility for mentally ill juveniles, the center did not have adequate mental health care and was not licensed to provide such services. It is common for ...