Title

Perpetual Incarceration Machine: Structural Impediments to Postprison Success

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

19 p.

Publication Date

2-1997

Publisher

Sage Publications

Source Publication

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice

Source ISSN

1043-9862

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1177/1043986297013001002

Abstract

The prison system is a perpetual incarceration machine growing on failure. This article explores structural impediments that contribute to parole failure and recidivism. Prisoners exit prison with few material resources and many obligations. Upon arrival at the work release centers, they are subjected to the demands of “collection counselors.” They complain about deductions from their employment checks, including restitution, court costs, fees for public defenders, and rent for work release beds. The correctional system perpetuates itself: Failures in work release, probation, and parole account for the majority of new prison admissions. Recommendations are provided for effective prison release programs.

Comments

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Vol.13, No. 1 (February 1997): 4-22. DOI.