In 1888, Leo Tolstoy mysteriously declared that sexual intercourse should no longer exist. Years later he would admit to being "horrified" by this pronouncement, but still remained an ardent believer in sexual abstinence. Frequenter of brothels in his youth, father of thirteen children by his wife and at least two children by peasant women before he was married, Tolstoy now had the audacity to suggest that people should stop having sex. How can such a repudiation be explained? Beginning with Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata-his first written "declaration of war on human sexuality"--Tolstoy on the Couch takes us on a sweeping psychoanalytic tour of Tolstoy's diaries and other private materials, revealing that behind his campaign for celibacy lay a painful and complicated drama of early childhood. Rooting Tolstoy's polarized feelings about women and sexuality in his uncontrollable rage toward the mother who died when he was a toddler, Rancour-Laferriere offers profound psychobiographic insights into Tolstoy's lifelong animosity toward women--and into the women he loved to hate.
Hearing on Fed. Prison Industries, Inc., one of the most important correctional programs in the Fed. Bureau of Prisons (FBP). Through this program, inmates are employed in productive, real-life work and learn basic job skills, self-discipline, and the importance of honest, productive work to our society. Under the trade name UNICOR, it produces goods in over 150 product lines and has gross annual revenues in excess of $459 million. The UNICOR program is entirely self-sufficient. No taxpayer moneys are used to operate it. Witnesses: Kathleen Hawk, Dir. of the FBP, and Steve Schwalb, COO of UNICOR; and Joseph Aragon, chmn. of the Board of Directors.
Research on prisons prior to the prison boom of the 1980s and 1990s focused mainly on inmate subcultures, inmate rights, and sociological interpretations of inmate and guard adaptations to their environment, with qualitative studies and ethnographic methods the norm. In recent years, research has expanded considerably to issues related to inmates' mental health, suicide, managing special types of offenders, risk assessment, and evidence-based treatment programs. The Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment provides the only single source that bridges social scientific and behavioral perspectives, providing graduate students with a more comprehensive understanding of the topic, academics with a body of knowledge that will more effectively inform their own research, and practitioners with an overview of evidence-based best practices. Across thirty chapters, leading contributors offer new ideas, critical treatments of substantive topics with theoretical and policy implications, and comprehensive literature reviews that reflect cumulative knowledge on what works and what doesn't. The Handbook covers critical topics in the field, some of which include recent trends in imprisonment, prison gangs, inmate victimization, the use and impact of restrictive housing, unique problems faced by women in prison, special offender populations, risk assessment and treatment effectiveness, prisoner re-entry, and privatization. The Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment offers a rich source of information on the current state of institutional corrections around the world, on issues facing both inmates and prison staff, and on how those issues may impede or facilitate the various goals of incarceration.
In the 1970s, while politicians and activists outside prisons debated the proper response to crime, incarcerated people helped shape those debates though a broad range of remarkable political and literary writings. Lee Bernstein explores the forc
Punishment for Sale is the definitive modern history of private prisons, told through social, economic and political frames. The authors explore the origin of the ideas of modern privatization, the establishment of private prisons, and the efforts to keep expanding in the face of problems and bad publicity. The book provides a balanced telling of the story of private prisons and the resistance they engendered within the context of criminology, and it is intended for supplemental use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, social problems, and race & ethnicity.
Analyzes social aspects of prison, covering various theories about the role and function of punishment in society in the United States, including how the culture of imprisonment carries over into everyday life through television shows, movies, prison tourism, and other avenues, and examines the negative impact of penal spectatorship.
Witnesses: V. James Adduci, II, American Apparel Manufacturing Assoc.; Michael N. Harrell, General Manager of New Business Development, Pride Enterprises; Donald G. Heeringa, Pres., BIFMA International; Ann F. Hoffman, Legislative Director, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textiles Employees; Kenneth L. Mellem, Pres. and CEO, Geonex Corp.; Morgan O. Reynolds, Dir., Criminal Justice Center, National Center for Policy Analysis; Stephen M. Ryan, Quarters Furniture Manufacturing Assoc.; Robert Sanders, Div. of Prison Industries, South Carolina Dept. of Corrections; and Steve Schwalb, Chief Operating Officer, Federal Prison Industries.
Despite the dire forecasts of others who had themselves edited books, we proceeded with the project of an edited volume on the American prison, although with more than a little trepidation. We had heard the horror stories of authors turning in their chapters months or years late or never at all, of publishers delaying publication dates, of volumes that read more like patchwork quilts than finely loomed cloth. As if to prove the others wrong, our experience in editing this volume has been mar velous, and we think the volume reflects this. Most likely, the success of our experience and of the volume stems from two elements: first, the professionalism and commitment of the authors themselves; and second, the fact that early in the life of this volume, most of the authors convened for a conference to critique and coordinate the chapters. This book brings together an illustrious group of criminologists and correctional scholars who wrote chapters explicitly for this volume. Co hesiveness was furthered by the charge we gave to each author to (1) present the major issues, (2) review the empirical research, and (3) dis cuss the implications of this work for present and future correctional policy. The goal of this project was to examine the major correctional issues facing prison systems. The chapters scrutinize the issues from the perspective of the system and the individual, from theory to practical and daily management problems, from legal to psychological concerns.
Paul F. Little, 50, was sentenced to 46 months in prison as a result of his conviction on multiple obscenity offenses. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bucklew for the Middle District of Florida also ordered Little to three years of supervised release following his release from prison, to pay a $7,500 fine and to forfeit the obscene films charged in the indictment as well as all gross profits from the distribution of the films and the Internet domain names Little used as part of his business. Little's adult entertainment company, MaxWorld Entertainment Inc., was also fined $75,000 and ordered to serve five years of probation. Little, of Altadena, Calif., is a nationally-known director, producer and star of pornographic DVDs and video clips. In June 2008, a federal jury convicted Little on charges that he, through MaxWorld Entertainment Inc., distributed obscene films.