The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails
Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings
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Part of Environment and Behavior
- Author: Richard E. Wener, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
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This book distills thirty years of research on the impacts of jail and prison environments. The research program began with evaluations of new jails that were created by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which had a novel design intended to provide a nontraditional and safe environment for pretrial inmates, and documented the stunning success of these jails in reducing tension and violence. This book uses assessments of this new model as a basis for considering the nature of environment and behavior in correctional settings, and more broadly in all human settings. It provides a critical review of research on jail environments and of specific issues critical to the way they are experienced and places them in historical and theoretical context. It presents a contextual model for the way environment influences the chance of violence.Read more
- Distils thirty years of research on the impacts of jail and prison environments
- Provides a critical review of research on jail environments
- Presents a contextual model for the way environment influences the chance of violence
Reviews & endorsements
"There is no competing book that provides comparable coverage to a commensurate range of annotated citations, and this makes Wener’s book a useful reference work … there are interesting photographs scattered throughout the book, and they add richness and flavor to his review."
Dr Hans Toch, University at Albany, State University of New York, PsycCRITIQUESSee more reviews
"How do prisons and jails shape their occupants? Until now, this reasonable question has rarely been subjected to broad analysis. Wener (environmental psychology, Polytechnic Institute of New York Univ.) has studied correctional buildings for three decades and has had a role in a new form of prison design called direct supervision (DS) … discusses such environmental prison issues as noise, light, access to nature, and the effects of isolation … Recommended …"
R. D. McCrie, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Choice
"The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails contains 49 photographs, diagrams and other figures, an index, and detailed reference sections at the end of each chapter. [It] is well-written and the author serves himself and his readers well with the historical context he establishes throughout the volume. Graduate students and professionals in the fields of architecture and design, social work and psychology, and criminal justice and criminology, as well as those entering correctional training academies, will benefit from this volume, not just as a guide to 'best practices', but also as a base for further investigation …"
Russ Immarigeon, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
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- Date Published: June 2012
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781139415149
- contains: 49 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Overview: History of Correctional Design, Development, and Implementation of Direct Supervision as an Innovation:
2. Historical view
3. The development of direct supervision as a design and management system
4. Post occupancy evaluations of the earliest DS jails
5. Effectiveness of direct supervision models
Part II. Environment-Behavior Issues in Corrections:
6. Correctional space and behavior
7. Prison crowding
8. The psychology of isolation in prison settings
9. The effects of noise in correctional settings
10. Windows, light, nature, and color
Part III. A Model and Conclusions:
11. An environmental and contextual model of violence in jails and prisons
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