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Hard Time: Understanding and Reforming the Prison (Wadsworth Studies in Philosophical Criticism)by Robert Johnson
Synopses & Reviews
A seminal work, this is a unique text in that it provides personal accounts from prisoners telling what it is really like to live in prison as well as historical and contextual information. It is the personal stories, which provide a realistic and poignant look at what life is like as a prisoner, that are the strength of this book.
Book News Annotation:
Focusing on the experiences of men in prison, this book considers the basic human dimensions of prison life, including the means of coping, the nature of prison culture, and the prison officers agenda. The history of prisons, their current conditions, and efforts toward reform are also discussed at length. Firsthand testimony from people who live or work in prisons is prominently featured. Johnson teaches at the American University.
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Table of Contents
Part I: The Enduring Pains of Imprisonment. 1. The Roots of Imprisonment. 2. Modern Prisons in Historical Context. 3. The Pains of Modern Imprisonment. Part II: Living and Working in Prison. 4. Mature Coping. 5. Prowling the Yard: The Public Culture of the Prison. 6. Living in Prison: The Private Culture of the Prison. 7. To Have and To Hold: The Prison Officers Public (Custodial) Agenda. 8. To Protect and To Serve: The Prison Officers Private (Correctional) Agenda. Part III: Prison Reform. 9. Better Living in Prison: Prison Ecology and Prison Reform. 10. Better Living in the Community: Prison Programs and the Cultivation of Coping Competence.
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