New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 
x, 270 Seiten ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index
0-300-23083-4, 978-0-300-23083-3 hardcover
Introduction: The need for new answers -- The linguistic tangle in treatment of the incarcerated -- Do Americans like to punish? -- Accounting for unaccountability -- Rights talk and the enabling of wrongs -- Sentencing the disappearing convict -- The technology of confinement -- Prison talk -- Eduction in prison reform -- What is punishment for? -- The architectonics of reform -- Coda: Being in prison.
In the past few years, the need for prison reform in America has reached the level of a consensus. We agree that many prison terms are too long, especially for nonviolent drug offenders; that long-term isolation is a bad idea; and that basic psychiatric and medical care in prisons is woefully inadequate. Some people believe that contracting out prison services to for-profit companies is a recipe for mistreatment. Robert Ferguson argues that these reforms barely scratch the surface of what is wrong with American prisons: an atmosphere of malice and humiliation that subjects prisoners and guards alike to constant degradation. Bolstered by insights from hundreds of letters written by prisoners, Ferguson makes the case for an entirely new concept of prisons and their purpose: an "inner architectonics of reform" that will provide better education for all involved in prisons, more imaginative and careful use of technology, more sophisticated surveillance systems, and better accountability -- Dust jacket