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Mears, Daniel P.; Mancini, Christina; Beaver, Kevin M.; Gertz, Marc – Crime & Delinquency, 2013
Despite concerns whether supermaximum security prisons violate human rights or prove effective, these facilities have proliferated in America over the past 25 years. This punishment--aimed at the "worst of the worst" inmates and involving 23-hr-per-day single-cell confinement with few privileges or services--has emerged despite little…
Descriptors: Housing, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Education, Hypothesis Testing
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Templer, Bill – Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2019
This article introduces the thinking and life of dissident investigative journalist, social justice activist, writer and educator, Chris Hedges. He has established himself since leaving the "New York Times" in 2003 as a bold, outspoken thinker and activist in the US, not based in academe, in a sense now free and freelance. He has…
Descriptors: Censorship, Resistance (Psychology), Critical Theory, Journalism
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Mears, Daniel P.; Castro, Jennifer L. – Crime & Delinquency, 2006
Super-maximum security prisons have proliferated nationally, reflecting a belief among policy makers and corrections officials that such high-cost housing is effective. Yet little is known about the precise goals of "supermax" prisons, whether these goals are achieved, what unintended effects supermaxes may have, and, more generally, whether they…
Descriptors: Correctional Institutions, Data Collection, Criminals, Correctional Rehabilitation
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Lovell, David; Johnson, L. Clark; Cain, Kevin C. – Crime & Delinquency, 2007
This study of recidivism among Washington supermax prisoners used a retrospective matched control design, matching supermax prisoners one-to-one with nonsupermax prisoners on mental illness status and up to eight recidivism predictors. Supermax prisoners committed new felonies at a higher rate than nonsupermax controls, but the difference was not…
Descriptors: Recidivism, Correctional Institutions, Mental Disorders, Institutionalized Persons
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O'Keefe, Maureen L. – Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 2007
Largely the result of prison officials needing to safely and efficiently manage a volatile inmate population, administrative segregation or supermax facilities are criticized as violating basic human needs, particularly for mentally ill inmates. The present study compared Colorado offenders with mental illness (OMIs) to nonOMIs in segregated and…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Mental Disorders, Correctional Education