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Contemporary Problems in Corrections

Getting Started: Some Books

American Prisons and Jails: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends
Vidisha Barua Worley and Robert M. Worley, editors. Santa Barbara, California, ABC-CLIO, 2019
230 alphabetical entries, with lists of further readings, focusing on U.S. correctional systems and practices. A good starting point for research. Rutgers-restricted Access
The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison
Greasham M. Sykes. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2007.
First published in 1958, this is a seminal ethnographic study of the New Jersey State Prison, one of the oldest correctional facilities in the United States and New Jersey's only completely maximum security prison. Rutgers-restricted Access
Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms
Victoria Law and Maya Schenwar. New York, The New Press, 2020. Rutgers-restricted Access

States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2021
Graph showing the incarceration rates of every U.S. state alongside those of the other nations of the world. From the Prison Policy Iniative.

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