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Jails, Pre-trial Detention, and Short Term Confinement

Lieutenant Gary F. Cornelius

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/9780199730148.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Jails, Pre-trial Detention, and Short Term Confinement

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This article views America's jails using a practitioner's perspective. It first describes how local jails were developed, how they are managed in an overcrowded environment, and how they are trying to provide inmates with programs and the community with public safety. It then discusses how jails have been affected and coped with the pressure-cooker effect experienced in overcrowded prisons. This article also includes sections on the development of the mega jail, the ever-evolving nature of the inmate population—and its implication for jail security—and the increasing importance of privatization.

Keywords: jails; practitioner's perspective; overcrowded jails; public safety; pressure-cooker effect; mega jail; inmate population; jail security; privatization

Article.  12795 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Prisons and Jails ; Courts and Procedure

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