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Prison and Jail Administration: Practice and Theory

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Peter M. Carlson DPA, Judith Simon Garrett J.D.
Date Published
527 pages
This book provides an overview of the history, theory, policies, management, and programs of prisons and jails in the United States.
The three chapters of Part I address the history of confinement, with attention to the legacy of confinement, the period from the beginning of corrections to the beginning of World War II, and American corrections since World War II. The three chapters of Part II examine the organizational structure typically found in today's correctional facilities, explains the importance of strong management accountability and oversight systems, and challenges the leaders of correctional agencies. Part III focuses on the American jail, as it defines the key responsibilities and functions of jail personnel and identifies key differences between jail and prison operations. The chapters of Part IV outline the basic roles of specific institutional departments; and Part V highlights some of the prominent dilemmas of correctional management today. Part VI addresses many of the issues facing correctional leaders today. After a review of the types of inmates entering prisons and jails today, various management programs that are deemed necessary for the proactive operation of an institution are presented in each chapter. Part VIII addresses the operational requirements of correctional administrators and their staffs in complying with the U.S. Constitution, and it examines a prisoner's right to access the courts. Part IX presents an overview of the architectural features of adult correctional institutions over the course of the history of American corrections. The remaining parts of the book discuss emergency preparedness for prisons and jails, community relations, technology and corrections, and creating the future of corrections. Chapter exhibits, notes, and suggested readings, and a subject index