Seminary of Virtue: The Ideology and Practice of Inmate Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1971

February 29, 2012|
Seminary of Virtue: The Ideology and Practice of Inmate Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1971 by Paul Kahan
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Seminary of Virtue explores the history of penal education programs, demonstrating that America’s prisons have historically been educational (as well as punitive) institutions. This volume argues that Eastern State Penitentiary’s extensive and aggressive educational program reflected a general American belief that correctional institutions should educate inmates as a way of reducing recidivism and thereby «reforming» them. No mere case study, Seminary of Virtue demonstrates that for the last two hundred years penologists have believed that educational programming was one of the keys to lowering recidivism and «reforming» inmates. Seminary of Virtue also reveals the historical amnesia that hindered American penal reform over the same time period as each succeeding generation believed that their particular penal reforms were revolutionary.
Paul Kahan is an award-winning educator and historian specializing in the history of American education, the history of American corrections, diplomatic history, and Pennsylvania history. He is best known for his previous book, Eastern State Penitentiary: A History. Dr. Kahan has been a featured guest on numerous television programs, i...
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Title:Seminary of Virtue: The Ideology and Practice of Inmate Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1971
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:201 pages, 8.86 X 5.91 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:201 pages, 8.86 X 5.91 X 1 in
Published:February 29, 2012
Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781433113413

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