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Ironies of Imprisonment

by Michael Welch SAGE Publications, Inc
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Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author's singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality.

Key Features
A compelling Foreword written by Todd E. Clear, an internationally recognized leader in the field of criminal justice.
Chapters open with illuminating real-life vignettes and end with provocative review questions.
The author's knowledgeable and dynamic voice provides a consistent perspective on key issues such as the war on drugs, the war on terror, prison violence, capital punishment, health care, and the prison industry.
Up-to-date presentation of pertinent subject matter, including chief developments in research and theory.
Discussion of the problems facing corrections in a post-September 11th world.

Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons. Ironies of Imprisonment is recommended reading for students in corrections classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in sociology, criminology, and criminal justice departments. In addition, it can be used in conjunction with a core text in courses on policy, theories of punishment, and social problems. The book will also be of interest to a general audience interested in reading about incarceration.

Preface Foreward - By Todd R. Clear, Distinguished Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 1. Introduction 2. Discovery of the Penitentiary 3. Critical Penology 4. War on Drugs and Just War Theory 5. Health Care Crisis Behind Bars 6. Reproducing P

"This book brings to the reader in an accessible and engaging way questions of central concern to criminologists, politicians, penal reformists, and policy makers . . . This book achieves its aim in demonstrating that the prison enterprise is-√°inhumane and unjust in its delivery of justice."
MICHAEL WELCH received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA). He has correctional experience at the federal, state, and local levels. His research interests include punishment and social control, and he has published numerous articles for academic journals, edited volumes, and other scholarly publications. His key writings have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime Delinquency, The Prison Journal, Crime, Law Social Change, Social Justice, Youth Society, Race, Gender Class, Critical Criminology: An International Journal, Contemporary Justice Review, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Women Criminal Justice, Journal of Sport Social Issues, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Crime Justice, Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal, Dialectical Anthropology, Journal of Offender Counseling, Services Rehabilitation, Social Pathology, Crisis Intervention Time-Limited Treatment, Federal Probation: Journal of Correctional Philosophy Practice , and The Justice Professional . Also he is author of Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex (2002, Temple University Press), Flag Burning: Moral Panic and the Criminalization of Protest (2000, de Gruyter), Punishment in America: Social Control the Ironies of Imprisonment (1999, Sage), and Corrections: A Critical Approach, ( 2>nd edition, 2004, McGraw-Hill). He serves as an Affiliate with Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research at Rutgers University. Welch invites you to visit his website