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Prison and Jail Administration: Practice and Theory

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Peter M. Carlson; Judith Simon Garrett
Date Published
527 pages
This book on the theory and practice of prison and jail administration addresses the history of confinement, managing the prison, the American jail, institutional departmental responsibilities, staff management issues, inmate management issues, prison programming, American prison architecture, emergency preparedness, community relations, technology and corrections, and the future of correctional institutions.
Chapters on managing the prison address the organization of the institution, leadership and innovation in correctional institutions, and management accountability. The three chapters on the American jail consider intake and release in evolving jail practice, short-term institutions at the local level, and jails as long-term facilities. Eleven chapters focus on institutional departmental responsibilities. These encompass custody and security, case management/unit management, education and vocational training, recreation, health care services, mental health services, religious programs, facilities management, food service, receiving and discharge, mail, records management, and financial operations. The seven chapters on staff management issues address personnel management principles, the warden's daily responsibilities, labor relations, personnel misconduct, mentoring, the changing workforce, and sexual misconduct between staff and inmates. Thirteen chapters cover inmate management issues. Topics addressed include disciplinary procedures, special needs offenders, protective custody, gang management, sex offenders, the death penalty in the United States, maximum-security facilities, classification, inmate grievances, boot camps, inmate visitation, and rehabilitation. Chapters on prison programming pertain to work assignments, prison industries, volunteer programs, and inmate drug treatment. Chapters on inmate rights pertain to constitutional mandates and prisoner's access to the courts. The five chapters on emergency preparedness deal with the management of various types of prison crises. Four chapters on the future of correctional institutions consider the future of sentencing, growth of private corrections, political involvement in penal operations, and strategic positioning in corrections. Chapter notes and suggested readings, a glossary, and a subject index