America's Prisons (Opposing Viewpoints)

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The United States imprisons more persons than any other nation. The social and economic costs impact every citizen. This collection of opposing viewpoints provides students an opportunity to weigh the merits of arguments that support or oppose the operation of America's prisons. (20020801)

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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
-- Booklist (October 2001) (Booklist 20020615)

"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)

"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
-- Booklist (June 2002) (Booklist 20020501)

"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)

"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020415)

"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
-- Crime and Justive International (May 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020401)

"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)

"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)

"This series is invaluable for preparing students for debates, classes, or research assignments. Opposing Viewpoints books help prepare high school students for critical thinking and make them aware of issues that affect society today. Recommended."
-- The Book Report (March-April 2002) (Book Report 20020215)

"Most useful in schools with religion and/or philosophy courses, but should also appeal to general readers."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20010915)

"Well-balanced collection of essays. Sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory, the many views clearly articulated here make this volume an excellent starting place for any thoughtful discussion." --Booklist (September 2001) (Booklist )

From School Library Journal:

Grade 7 Up–Erudite for-and-against essays from various sources. Each book begins with an introduction to the series and then moves on to the specific issue. Chapters open with a question (Do Prisons Protect Public Safety?, Is the Death Penalty Just?) and a related quote. Next are pairs of essays debating various aspects of the question posed. Each essay is preceded by its authors credentials and some questions for readers to consider. Quality black-and-white graphs, editorial cartoons, bulleted lists, and boxed quotes will help students better understand the entries, which may have been edited for length. A periodical bibliography, questions for discussion, and an annotated list of organizations end each chapter. The authors of Americas Prisons represent a range of interested parties including senior policy analysts, corrections department personnel, legal advocates, directors of related organizations, and reporters. Powerful people and organizations contribute essays to the death-penalty debate. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scala argues that the death penalty is just, and his former colleague, Sandra Day OConnor, debates whether juveniles should be exempt from it. This nonbiased, comprehensive look at one of todays most difficult issues will be helpful for students writing persuasive essays and for debate groups. Both titles will introduce readers to the workings of the American justice system.–Marilyn Fairbanks, Azure IRC, Brockton High School, MA
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