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.

Lessons Learned: From Penal Harm to Penal Help

Lessons Learned: From Penal Harm to Penal Help

Lessons learned: From penal harm to penal help
Mary K. Stohr Cheryl Lero Jonson Francis T. Cullen

We live in exciting times for students and scholars studying crime and justice in this country. The drug war is waning. The death penalty and harsh punishments are losing favor with the general public. The stolid belief in the infallibility of the criminal justice process has slackened among the public, just as, or possibly because, the number of exonerations is rising. The amount of crime continues a 30-year slide. Decarceration of prisons is afoot in the states and localities, and it appears a paradigm shift is in ...

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