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American Corrections: Reform Without Change

Karol Lucken and Thomas G. Blomberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730148.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks

American Corrections: Reform Without Change

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This article outlines the corrections system of America. It traces the history of the corrections system and offers some observations on what led to the massive prison buildup. It considers the possibility that the core of the problem is the inconsistencies in practice and ideology, which helped create a system that is not only contradictory and volatile, but indecisive and regressive. This article concludes that a well-balanced justice system can be attained by better using criminological and scientific knowledge.

Keywords: corrections system; prison buildup; inconsistencies; justice system; criminological knowledge; scientific knowledge

Article.  8459 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Prisons and Jails ; Corrections

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