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p. 825. In and out of prisonlocked

p. 825. In and out of prisonlocked

  • Julian V. Roberts


‘In and out of prison’ considers the state of prisons today; the typical prison population; the crimes that result in imprisonment; the costs of imprisonment; the process of release and the pros and cons of parole; life after release; and re-offenders. We expect our prisons to punish and to rehabilitate, but often there are numerous ‘pains of imprisonment’: incarceration, assault, homicide, accidental death by drug overdose, self-harm, and then the long-term financial impact and adverse life events on release from custody. Rehabilitation in the prison system is also difficult and costly to provide. Alternatives such as managing offenders in home confinement through intensive forms of electronic monitoring are also considered.

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