Courts, Corrections, and the Constitution: The Impact of Judicial Intervention on Prisons and Jails

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorJohn J. Di Iulio

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By some definitions, most American prisons and jails are overcrowded; by any definition, many penal facilities are filthy and violence-ridden. Over the last twenty years, dozens of state and local corrections systems have come under court orders to reform. What have been the causes andconsequences of judicial involvement in this area, and how in the future can judges act to improve the quality of life behind bars at a reasonable human and financial cost? This volume by a diverse and distinguished group of contributors provides a much needed answer to this question. It offers anintroductory statement on enhancing judicial capacity; a critical review of the relevant literatures; original in-depth analyses of selected state and local cases; a statistical study of the likely effect of the "Republicanization" of the federal bench on judicial involvement; and a provocativeessay by a corrections practitioner with over three decades of litigation experience. Under the heading "What Judges Can Do to Improve Prisons and Jails," the concluding chapter by DiIulio highlights key findings, offers policy prescriptions, and suggests an agenda for future research.

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By some definitions, most American prisons and jails are overcrowded; by any definition, many penal facilities are filthy and violence-ridden. Over the last twenty years, dozens of state and local corrections systems have come under court orders to reform. What have been the causes andconsequences of judicial involvement in this area...

John J. Di Iulio is at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"This collection of research articles is so interesting and well written that citizens who are aware of the seriousness of prison problems in our society today will find it an up-to-date and objective contribution to their existing knowledge."--Perspectives on Political Science