William L Selke Prisons in Crisis

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Prisons in Crisis

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"A policy-oriented, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the cost and consequences of imprisonment. "Prisons in Crisis" confronts us with the uncomfortable view that the system of punishment in the U.S. is a reflection of ourselves: authoritarian, violence-prone, and conflict-oriented. Selke details how prisons in the United States are wastelands of human dignity, opportunity, and support, and needlessly drain a suffering economy. He gives us the opportunity to look elsewhere for alternatives." - John Ortiz Smykla, University of Alabama. More than one million people are now in prison in the United States. During the 1980s our prison population doubled, a result in part of get-tough political rhetoric, the war on drugs, and radical changes in our sentencing laws. Our incarceration rates are the highest in the world, and our prisons are both overcrowded and ineffective. According to most experts, prison officials are in the midst of the biggest prison crisis in our history. William L. Selke conveys the urgency of the problem by looking in some detail at prison life and conditions today. He reviews ideas and policies, both at home and from abroad, that can be used to alleviate the crisis if we are able to muster the political courage and public support to put them into effect. His proposals for making our prison systems more effective make an important contribution to the current debate.

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More than one million people are now in prison in the United States. Incarceration rates in the U.S. are the highest in the world. William conveys the urgency of the problem by looking in detail at prison life and prison conditions today. He then reviews ideas and policies, both at home and abroad, that can be used to alleviate the prison courage and public support to put them into effect. His proposal for making prison systems more effective are an important contribution to the current debate over the ongoing prison crisis.

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WILLIAM L. SELKE is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana University.

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