Prisons and Jails

Beth M. Huebner

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Prisons and Jails

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Prisons and jails have been a central part of society for many centuries, and a substantial body of work has been amassed on theories of punishment. Correctional institutions serve many functions but generally serve to manage men and women who have been accused or convicted of criminal offenses. There is considerable variation in the nature and purpose of correctional institutions. Traditionally the study of corrections focused on the prison; however, the research on corrections now includes the study of a range of institutions and community sanctions. In addition, there has been a specialization of research in this area to explain unique experiences of inmates, including that of women and juveniles. The literature listed in this entry summarizes the prominent works in this area and provides sources of reliable data on jails and prisons.

Article.  7605 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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