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Imprisonment in America

Choosing the Future

"For a few decades American prisons were the wonder of the world. [However] early hopes that a prison regime could be a powerful means of reforming most convicts have been abandoned, and prisons are seen even by some of those who think we need more of them as savage repositories, to be shunned or veiled rather than admired. This sad history is drawn with great insight and learning in [this] important new book about prisons and punishment in America by Michael Sherman and Gordon Hawkins. . . . The views of these professionals must be taken seriously."—Graham Hughes, New York Review of Books

"This is a serious and enlightened and concerned attempt to fuse liberal and conservative attitudes and values to achieve a breakthrough in American penal policy."—Congressional Staff Journal

153 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1981

Studies in Crime and Justice


Law and Legal Studies: General Legal Studies

Political Science: Judicial Politics

Table of Contents

1. A Crossroad in American Social Policy
2. The Numbers Game
3. Two Patterns of Choice
4. Theories and Symbols
5. A Policy Proposal
6. The Cloudy Crystal Ball

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