Volume 29, Issue 4 (October 1984)
A Review of Correctional Institutions
Correctional Institutions is an ambitious, well-written, and well-documented book which should be of interest to parctitioners, academics, and students in the criminal justice field. Dr. Fox's treatment of institutions is comprehensive and constitutes a source of useful information for a field that is in a state of crisis. The United States' prison population has more than doubled in the last 10 years to the point where we now have more than 400 000 persons incarcerated. In addition, more than 150 000 individuals are held in local jails and 70 000 juveniles are held in public and private juvenile facilities. This dramatic upsurge has resulted in severe over-crowding in these institutions and has strained existing resources to their very limits. It is incumbent upon all professionals working in the criminal justice system to have an understanding of the problems facing our correctional system and this text is an excellent beginning point.