Issues of race, gender, and class are fully integrated throughout in order to demonstrate the complexity of the implementation and intended results of incarceration. The encyclopedia also contains biographies, articles describing important legal statutes, as well as detailed and authoritative descriptions of the major prisons in the United States. Comparative data and examples are employed to analyze the American system within an international context. The encyclopedia's 400 entries are all signed and written by recognized authorities. An appendix containing a comprehensive listing of every federal prison in the U.S. is included.
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