The American Jail: Cornerstone of Modern Corrections

The American Jail: Cornerstone of Modern Corrections

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Gary F. Cornelius
  • Publish Date: 2007-10-22


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This is a book about the local jail–how it developed, how they work, and what jail staffs are doing to protect the public and keep inmates safely confined.  Written from a practitioner’s point of view, its goal is to give the reader a realistic view of this often overlooked institution. Critical issues such as the traits of offenders, the climate, and security are discussed, as well as the main operations of the jail such as booking and classification. Insights from those within (staff and inmates) reinforce the book’s real world perspective and current statistics and research document the development and operation of local jails.

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