For the first time in four decades, prison populations are declining and politicians have reached the consensus that mass imprisonment is no longer sustainable. At this unique moment in the history of corrections, the opportunity has emerged to discuss in meaningful ways how best to shape efforts to control crime and to intervene effectively with offenders. This breakthrough book brings together established correctional scholars to imagine what this prison future might entail. Each scholar uses his or her expertise to craft—in an accessible way for students to read—a blueprint for how to create a new penology along a particular theme. For example, one contributor writes about how to use existing research expertise to create a prison that is therapeutic and another provides insight on how to create a “feminist” prison. In the final chapter the editors pull together the “lessons learned” in a cohesive, comprehensive essay.

The Healthy Prison

The Healthy Prison

The healthy prison
Roberto Hugh Potter Jeffrey W. Rosky

Editors' Introduction

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act—so-called Obamacare—the United States moved toward what citizens in all other advanced industrial nations take for granted: universal access to health care. Implicit in this reform is the view that health care should not be based on sheer wealth or having employment with medical benefits. Rather, the Act suggests that health care—and having the opportunity to live a pain-free or disease-free life—is a basic human right that any good society should provide.

The right not just to some form of health care, but to quality health care, is complicated still further when we turn to ...

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