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After Amendment of the Prison Law: Current Japanese Correctional Administration

NCJ Number
International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Volume: 34 Issue: 2 Dated: Fall 2010 Pages: 331-349
Hiroyuki Shinkai
Date Published
19 pages
This article presents changes that have taken place in the Japanese correctional administration since the revision of a century-old Prison Law.
In 1996, Elmer H. Johnson published a monogram that introduced a basic feature of Japanese correctional administration titled, "Japanese Corrections: Managing Convicted Offenders in an Orderly Society." The country's unique situation concerning the prison population still exists today: Japan maintains a low imprisonment rate compared to other industrialized democracies. The current article does not aim to provide readers with an in-depth explanation for this low imprisonment rate. Instead, the author tries to augment Johnson's work by introducing changes that have taken place since the revision of a century-old Prison Law. Figures, tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)