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Patuxent Institution

Coldren, Jr., James R.

Patuxent Institution

An American Experiment in Corrections

Series: Studies in Crime and Punishment - Volume 6

Year of Publication: 2004

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XIX, 219 pp., 6 tables
ISBN 978-0-8204-5767-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs

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Book synopsis

Is rehabilitation dead in American corrections? This socio-political analysis of the fifty-year history of Patuxent Institution, a treatment-oriented maximum security prison in Maryland, studies the organizational challenges faced by this unique American prison, and the social and political forces that work to ensure its survival.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: James R. Coldren, Jr. is the sixth president of the John Howard Association in Chicago, Illinois, a 103-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to improving the conditions of confinement in corrections facilities, as well as to fair, humane, and effective sentencing and correctional policies. Dr. Coldren received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. in sociology from Rutgers University. He is an applied researcher in criminal and juvenile justice, and has worked in numerous research and educational capacities for the past several decades.


«Coldren provides a provocative profile and critical analysis of research based clinical treatment as the mandated marrow of inmate program services at the Patuxent Institution. These research-based programs, surviving through legislative fiat, now provide rare documentation of five decades of the evolving relationship between custody and program staff, the dynamics of juvenile and adult treatment modalities, legislative politics, racial politics, and the ever-compelling community need for services to mentally ill (violent) offenders. This is an essential and valued text for university and law school libraries.» (Jess Maghan, Professor and Director, Forum for Comparative Correction, Chester, CT)


Studies in Crime and Punishment. Vol. 6
General Editors: David A. Schultz and Christina DeJong