Punishment in America: A Reference Handbook (Contemporary World Issues)

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From the Salem witch trials to death row, this work is a gripping analysis of the evolution of punishment practices, policies, and problems in America.


· A chronology tracking the history of punishment in the United States begins with ancient practices like blood feuds

· A chapter on facts and data presents studies on the impact of the war on drugs and the truth-in-sentencing laws on the prison population

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Workhouses. Insane asylums. Prisons. Strait-jackets. Solitary confinement. Capital punishment. Since colonial times, American society has endeavored to find effective ways to punish its offenders. How have methods of punishment changed over time, and do any of them really deter crime?

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Cyndi Banks is associate professor of criminal justice at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.

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