The American Prison

Issues in Research and Policy

  • Lynne Goodstein
  • Doris Layton MacKenzie

Part of the Law, Society and Policy book series (LSPO, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Lynne Goodstein, Doris Layton MacKenzie
      Pages 1-10
  3. Corrections as a System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Alfred Blumstein
      Pages 13-22
    3. Francis T. Cullen, Paul Gendreau
      Pages 23-44
    4. Charles H. Logan
      Pages 45-62
  4. Legal Issues in Contemporary Corrections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Kenneth C. Haas, Geoffrey P. Alpert
      Pages 65-87
    3. Nicole Hahn Rafter
      Pages 89-109
    4. Kay A. Knapp
      Pages 111-131
  5. Managing the Prison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Timothy J. Flanagan
      Pages 135-161
    3. Doris Layton MacKenzie
      Pages 163-189
    4. John R. Hepburn
      Pages 191-206
  6. Living in Prison

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Hans Toch, J. Douglas Grant
      Pages 209-227
    3. Lynne Goodstein, Kevin N. Wright
      Pages 229-251
    4. Kevin N. Wright, Lynne Goodstein
      Pages 253-270
  7. Corrections Research and the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-298

About this book


Despite the dire forecasts of others who had themselves edited books, we proceeded with the project of an edited volume on the American prison, although with more than a little trepidation. We had heard the horror stories of authors turning in their chapters months or years late or never at all, of publishers delaying publication dates, of volumes that read more like patchwork quilts than finely loomed cloth. As if to prove the others wrong, our experience in editing this volume has been mar­ velous, and we think the volume reflects this. Most likely, the success of our experience and of the volume stems from two elements: first, the professionalism and commitment of the authors themselves; and second, the fact that early in the life of this volume, most of the authors convened for a conference to critique and coordinate the chapters. This book brings together an illustrious group of criminologists and correctional scholars who wrote chapters explicitly for this volume. Co­ hesiveness was furthered by the charge we gave to each author to (1) present the major issues, (2) review the empirical research, and (3) dis­ cuss the implications of this work for present and future correctional policy. The goal of this project was to examine the major correctional issues facing prison systems. The chapters scrutinize the issues from the perspective of the system and the individual, from theory to practical and daily management problems, from legal to psychological concerns.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lynne Goodstein
    • 1
  • Doris Layton MacKenzie
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Administration of Justice DepartmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Department of JusticeNational Institute of JusticeUSA

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