Prison Life and Human Worth

Prison Life and Human Worth

Prison Life and Human Worth

Prison Life and Human Worth

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It is good to note that the United States public is more concerned today than ever before about its correctional system and perhaps is beginning to realize the bewildering complexity of the challenge it presents. Having in mind both the complexity and the public concern, I thought that one more book might well be ventured in the interest of adding my own modest views to the uncertain light being shed from many sources on this intriguing social problem. There is need to tell in simple and human terms what happens to people-- both the guards and the guarded--in prison. So this book speaks particularly to those who anxiously urge that prisons be administered with more corrective effect and order, but who do not know that the prison can guarantee neither correction of its inmates nor their orderliness, no matter how qualified the administrators.

My own direct observations through many years of corrections work are augmented here by the privilege I have had of visiting institutions throughout this country and abroad, and of engaging in countless sessions of shop talk with other corrections administrators, rank and file staff members, inmates, former inmates, and other thoughtful observers.

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