Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 
xxiii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Country Called Prison Chapter 2. What Makes Prisons A Country? Chapter 3. Who Are the People of the Country Called Prison? Chapter 4. Living in the Country Called Prison Chapter 5. Visiting America From the Country Called Prison Chapter 6. Emigrating From the Country Called Prison Chapter 7. Assimilating the Country Called Prison Appendix: Summary of Proposals.
"The United States is the world leader in incarcerating citizens. 707 people out of every 100,000 are imprisoned. If those currently incarcerated in the US prison system were a country, it would be the 102nd most populated nation in the world. Aside from looking at the numbers, if we could look at prison from a new viewpoint, as its own country rather than an institution made up of walls and wires, policies and procedures, and legal statutes, what might we be able to learn? In A Country Called Prison, Mary Looman and John Carl attempt to answer this question by proposing a paradigm shift in the way that American society views mass incarceration. Weaving together sociological and psychological principles, theories of political reform, and real-life stories from experiences working in prison and with at-risk families, Looman and Carl form a foundation of understanding to demonstrate that prison is a culture, not purely an institution made up of fences, building, and policies. Prison continues well after incarceration, as ex-felons leave correctional facilities without legal identification of American citizenship, without money, and often return to impoverished neighborhoods. Imprisoned in the isolation of poverty, these legal aliens turn to illegal ways of providing for themselves and often return to prison. This situation is unsustainable and America is clearly facing an incarceration epidemic that requires a new perspective to eradicate it. A Country Called Prison offers concrete, doable, and economical suggestions to reform not only the prison system, but also to help prisoners return to a healthier life after incarceration"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209 -218) and index.