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 Small Prison
The small prison
Cheryl Lero Jonson John E. Eck Francis T. Cullen
Editors' Introduction

Many, if not most, readers have lived their entire lives in the midst of the mass imprisonment movement—an effort to enlarge America's inmate population that extends from the early 1970s. Until very recently, prison populations had risen year in and year out. A decade or so into the mass imprisonment movement, when the number of inmates had doubled, it seemed that this growth could not continue for much longer. But it did, until the financial crisis in 2008 made politicians of all major parties come to their senses. Facing shrinking public treasuries, government officials—especially governors tasked ...

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