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Convict criminology
Ross, Jeffrey Ian.
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Belmont, CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, [2003]

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xxx, 387 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction : what is the new school of convict criminology? / Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards -- pt. 1. What's wrong with corrections? -- The use of science to justify the imprisonment binge / James Austin -- (Mis) representing prisons : the role of our cultural industries / Jeffrey Ian Ross -- Why I study prisons : my twenty-year personal and professional odyssey and an understanding of Southern prisons / Marianne Fisher-Giorlando -- pt. 2. Convict experience and identity -- Comments and reflections on forty years in the American criminal justice system / Edward Tromanhauser -- From C-block to academia : you can't get there from here / Charles M. Terry -- My journey through the Federal Bureau of Prisons / Stephen C. Richards -- Rehabilitating criminals : it ain't that easy / Greg Newbold -- "Who's doing the time here, me or my children?" : addressing the issues implicated by mounting numbers of fathers in prison / Charles S. Lanier -- Excon : managing a spoiled identity / Richard S. Jones -- Convict criminology : the two-legged data dilemma / Alan Mobley -- pt. 3. Special populations -- Understanding women in prison / Barbara Owen -- Aspirin ain't gonna help the kind of pain I'm in : health care in the Federal Bureau of Prisons / Daniel S. Murphy -- Convict criminology and the mentally ill offender : prisoners of confinement / Bruce A. Arrigo -- Soar like an eagle, dive like a loon : human diversity and social justice in the Native American prison experience / William G. Archambeault -- Twenty years teaching college in prison / William S. Tregea -- Kids in jail : "I mean you ain't really learning nothin [productive]" / Preston Elrod and Michael T. Brooks -- Conclusion : an invitation to the criminology/criminal justice community / Stephen C. Richards and Jeffrey Ian Ross.
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CONVICT CRIMINOLOGY is a collection of chapters written by criminologists, half of whom are ex-convicts. The book includes provocative discussions of rehabilitation, recidivism, drug addiction, life inside different prison systems, transincarceration, discrimination against felons, fathers in prison, and children in adult jails. The book merges autobiographical stories with criminological research to introduce a convict perspective that includes new ideas, vocabulary, and policy recommendations. CONVICT CRIMINOLOGY is a comprehensive text that covers all major topics related to prison life, prisoner reentry to the community, and research on prisons, in an engaging, thought-provoking style.

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This scholarly analysis by a collection of persons having done time in prisons either as convicts or service providers formulates a challenge to US correctional policy, operation, future, and criminology. Inspired by John Irwin, faculty and other professionals report experiences and chronicle problems and issues. The narrative is powerfully delivered in first-person accounts that attempt to discount previous theoretically quantitative research by "outsiders." Ross (Univ. of Baltimore) and Richards (Northern Kentucky Univ.) open the discussion by defining "convict criminology" and its perspective and application to critiquing corrections, forming the convict experience and identity, and developing an in-depth understanding of special populations found in prisons. Throughout the book, readers are confronted with the reality of prison life. Contributions result in a clear, coordinated, and understandable report that demonstrates the impact of incarceration on diverse populations either imprisoned or working in prisons. The book points to the difficult transition to the outside world and the stigmatizing effects for ex-convicts. The concluding chapter has several recommendations for significant changes in corrections. Each chapter is well documented, and the book includes a good bibliography. Professionals and community members should read this book. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. J. H. Larson University of North Dakota

Table of Contents

ForwardJohn Irwin
Part 1 What's Wrong With Corrections?
1 The Use of Science to Justify the Imprisonment BingeJames Austin.
2 (Mis)Representing Prisons: The Role of Our Cultural IndustriesJeffrey Ian Ross
3 Why I Study Prisons: My Twenty Year Personal and Professional Odyssey and an Understanding of Southern PrisonsMarianne Fisher-Giorlando
Part 2 Convict Experience And Identity
4 Comments and Reflections on Forty Years in the American Criminal Justice SystemEdward Tromanhauser.
5 From C-Block to Academia: You Can't Get There From HereCharles M. Terry
6 My Journey Through the Federal Bureau of PrisonsStephen C. Richards
7 Rehabilitation Criminals: It Ain't That EasyGreg Newbold
8 Who's Doing the Time Here, Me or My Children?: Addressing the Issues Implicated by Mounting Numbers of Fathers in PrisonCharles S. Lanier
9 Excon: Managing a Spoiled IdentityRichard S. Jones
10 Convict Criminology: The Two Legged Data DilemmaAlan Mobley
Part 3 Special Populations
11 Understanding Women in PrisonBarbara Owen
12 Aspirin Ain't Gonna Help the Kind of Pain I'm In: Medical Care in the Federal Bureau of PrisonsDaniel S Murphy.
13 Soar Like an Eagle, Dive Like a Loon: Human Diversity and Social Justice in the Native American Prison ExperienceWilliam G. Archambeault
14 Convict Criminology and the Mentally Ill Offender: Prisoners of ConfinementBruce A. Arrigo
15 Convict and Teacher's Perspectives on Prison Higher EducationWilliam S. Tregea
16 Kids in Jail: I Mean You Ain't Really Learning Nothing (Productive)Preston Elrod and Michael T.
Conclusion: An Invitation to the Criminology/Criminal Justice CommunityStephen C. Richards and Jeffrey Ian Ross