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DANIEL GLASER. The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System. Pp. xix, 596. Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. $10.00

DANIEL GLASER. The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System. Pp. xix, 596. Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. $10.00


Book DepartmentDANIEL GLASER. The Effectiveness of a Prison and Parole System. Pp. xix, 596. Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. $10.00 SAGE Publications, Inc.1965DOI: 10.1177/000271626536000150 John P.Conrad Research Division California Department of Corrections Sacramento Most studies of American prisons resemble correspondence from a tourist. Well-informed, usually based on the disciplined approach of a social scientist, they are, nevertheless, brief glimpses of alien folkways. His dissertation complete, or his hypothesis tested, the investigator moves on to other concerns, often far removed from corrections. Dr. Glaser has returned from a five-year expedition and this long, fully documented book recounts everything he saw in the federal prison system that he thought would bear on an analysis of its effectiveness. He set out to achieve three broad objectives: "1. to determine specifically the failure rates of different types of offenders released from prison; 2. to determine the factors involved in their reversion or nonreversion to crime, with particular emphasis on their behavior and experience within the first years following release; 3. to determine, insofar as possible, what practicable measures and programs are best suited to reduce recidivism." From these three objectives, Dr. Glaser proceeds methodologically to eighty-eight conclusions. Some are scarcely novel, as: "Most prisoners have
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