Explores the main purposes of imprisonment around the world, including punishment, deterrence, rehabilitation, and public safety. Looks at the role of sentencing: Do life sentences violate human rights? How are juvenile offenders treated? Are mandatory sentences effective? Examines the treatment of prisoners and prison conditions like overcrowding, gang activity, sexual abuse and disease, as well as the unique plight of political and religious prisoners.
"These books provide a unique perspective to today's social issues and are recommended for school library collections." --American Reference Books Annual, 2012
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