Effective treatment and preparation for successful reintegration can be better achieved if the needs and risks of incarcerated offenders are taken into consideration by correctional practitioners and scholars. Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions offers a unique opportunity to examine the different populations behind bars (e.g. chronically and mentally ill, homosexual, illegal immigrants, veterans, radicalized inmates, etc.), as well as their needs and the corresponding impediments for rehabilitation and reintegration. Author Lior Gideon takes a rehabilitative and reiterative approach to discuss and differentiate between the needs of these various categories of inmates, and provides in depth discussions-not available in other correctional texts-about the specific needs, risks and policy recommendations when working with present-day special needs offenders. Each chapter is followed by suggested readings and relevant websites that will enable readers to further enhance understanding of the issues and potential solutions discussed in the chapter. Further, each chapter has discussion questions specifically designed to promote class discussions. The text concludes with a theoretical framework for future policy implications and practices.
Chapter 13: Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions: Death-Sentenced Inmates
Special Needs Offenders in Correctional Institutions: Death-Sentenced Inmates
A comparatively small, but highly visible, portion of the American correctional system involves death-sentenced inmates. Indeed, of approximately 1.5 million inmates held in state and federal correctional institutions in 2010, only 0.002% of these faced execution. Their visibility is quite disproportionate to their number. A number of states have dedicated areas of their websites for their death row and the offenders housed there (e.g., Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas). The general public and the popular media also have a fascination with this narrow portion of the correctional population, as reflected in films of the past two decades, including Live! From Death Row (1992), Last Light (1993), The Green Mile ...