Monday, November 07, 2011

Criminal Justice help

Someone was here looking for information on corrections recently, prisoner's rights to be specific. One good resource for any Criminal Justice research would be our guide to the topic. In addition to article and book sources, it will point you to resources many are not that aware of, like "NCJRS," that is the National Criminal Justice Reference Center from the Department of Justice. They have many helpful reports, statistical tables, a very useful site. Currently for example their corrections page is running links to reports that answer questions like these two:
  • What is the national juvenile recidivism rate?
  • What percentage of arrestees test positive for drugs?
Pictured here are inmates marching in lockstep at New York's Auburn Prison. This prison is where the harsh correctional system that prevailed in much of the country in the 19th and into the 20th centuries originated. The striped uniform, marching in lockstep, physical punishments and so on were hallmarks of the system. In 1913 Thomas Osborne, chair of a new commission on prison reform, entered the prison as an inmate under an assumed name. His experience of the prison, and his book about it, "Within Prison Walls," (which we have,) were instrumental in reforming the system.

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