How American Prisons Work
by Tony Lesce
Bursting at the seams, our prison system is
in a state of crisis. Many prisons are under court order to reduce
overcrowding. New drug laws and mandatory sentencing requirements
only add to the problem. There's no place left to put criminals
except back on the street.
The solutions don't come easy. Who should be
let out early? Who should stay behind bars? Will taxpayers foot
the bill for more jails? Will capital punishment help solve overcrowding?
Thousands of lives and billions of dollars wait on the answers.
That's why The Big House is so important.
The Big House is not a collection of reform
theories. Rather, it is an incredibly detailed look at exactly
how prisons work: how do you house, feed, and control thousands
of violent, angry people? The Big House takes a gritty look at
issues like capital punishment, psychosurgery, riot control and
dealing with the sexual needs of prisoners.
Tony Lesce understands the interplay between
convicts and their keepers. A frequent contributor to law enforcement
publications, he is also the author of Escape From Controlled
Custody. In The Big House, he examines the prison system from
all perspectives: the inmates, the guards, the politicians, and
The crisis in criminal justice touches the lives
of everyone. Those concerned with how the prison system works
-- and how it can work better should start with The Big House.
8 1/2 x 11 188 page
The Big House