The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System

The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System

The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System

The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System

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The original edition of this book, published in 1964, was a 596-page report on the rehabilitative effects of prisons and parole agencies, especially those of the federal government. It was based mainly on a research project financed by the Ford Foundation at the request of the U. S. Bureau of Prisons and directed by me from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Frank Loveland, then Assistant Director of the federal prison system, was a major sponsor of the original research, and in his present capacity as Director of the Institute of Corrections of the American Foundation he promoted this shortened and less technical version of the original book. He wanted a work more suitable to the Foundation's interests in training the line staff of correctional agencies and in educating the general reading public. This abridgment includes the addition of new material to cover developments in the nearly three years between the first edition and the present one.

This edition retains all of the major ideas and information in the first edition, but omits many details. Especially diminished are statistical tables and extended accounts of research procedure. Nevertheless, highlights of the statistics are summarized in the text, a few tables are retained, and the types of research employed are indicated. Available knowledge on prison and parole effectiveness and its implications are . . .

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