Each title in the Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. By exposing readers to a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources - including both popular and unpopular views - the series promotes awareness and critical thinking about the issues that shape our turbulent and changing world.
This volume looks at America's prison system, offering differing perspectives on whether it is effective, just, and humane. Chapters address its success at deterring crime and rehabilitating criminals; fairness and racism in sentencing practices as well as sentencing alternatives; and treatment of inmates, including special populations like mothers with children, juveniles, and the mentally ill.
"Opposing Viewpoints series examines controversial issues by examining diverse viewpoints. This series contains many current topics in the news. This year's entries include books about obesity, energy alternatives, ethics, and tobacco and smoking."
--Book of Note 2011, Tri State Young Adult Review Group
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