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Ch 10: Prisons in the United States

About This Chapter

Take a look at this comprehensive criminal justice chapter to review information regarding prisons in the United States. These engaging lessons and quizzes offer you a quick way to catch up in class, earn better grades, prepare for exams and finish homework assignments.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning about prisons in the United States will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the different types of prisons in America. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing information about prisons in the United States
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning criminal justice (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Prisons in the United States chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  •  Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Prisons in the United States chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about prisons in the United States for a standard criminal justice course. Topics covered include:

  • History of the U.S.'s private prison industry
  • Advantages and disadvantages of private prisons
  • Comparison of state and federal private prisons
  • Public vs. private prisons
  • The Kids for Cash scandal
  • Facts about the prison-industrial complex
  • Organizations in the prison abolition movement
  • The history of the Auburn prison system
  • The differences between the Auburn and Pennsylvania prison systems
  • Pennsylvania prison system reform
  • Quotes from Zebulon Brockway
  • Panopticons
  • The pros and cons of supermax prisons

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: Prisons in the United States
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Private Prisons in the U.S.: History & Industry

1. Private Prisons in the U.S.: History & Industry

In this lesson, you will learn about private prisons in America and how they have evolved over the decades. The benefits and drawbacks of private prisons will also be discussed.

Private Prisons: Pros & Cons

2. Private Prisons: Pros & Cons

In this lesson, you will learn about private prisons, including their history and operation in the U.S. The pros and cons of private prisons will also be discussed.

Private Prisons: State vs. Federal

3. Private Prisons: State vs. Federal

Persons convicted of a crime are housed in prisons, which can be owned by the state or by a private company. In this lesson we will learn how private prisons differ at the state and federal level.

Private vs. Public Prisons: Differences & Statistics

4. Private vs. Public Prisons: Differences & Statistics

A prison is a prison, right? Not technically speaking. There are two types of prisons: public and private. This lesson will explore the differences between the two as well the history of privatization.

The Kids for Cash Scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

5. The Kids for Cash Scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

When we think of the juvenile justice system, most of us believe it is rooted in fairness. In this lesson, we will see that this is not always the case. The Kids for Cash Scandal in Pennsylvania is a prime example of juvenile justice gone wrong.

Prison-Industrial Complex: Definition, Facts & Statistics

6. Prison-Industrial Complex: Definition, Facts & Statistics

The prison industrial complex is an American phenomenon in which prisons are becoming a private industry set up to make a profit. This lesson is about the prison industrial complex and related statistics and facts.

Prison Abolition Movement: History & Organizations

7. Prison Abolition Movement: History & Organizations

Could you imagine a world without prisons? According to Prison Abolitionists, communities would be more secure and safe without prisons. This lesson will explore this perspective as well as organizations that advocate for the abolition of prisons.

The Auburn Prison System: History & Reform

8. The Auburn Prison System: History & Reform

Since the colonial times to the present, the methods of criminal punishment have changed dramatically. In this lesson, we will look at the early Auburn Prison System and learn its role in prison reform in the United States.

Auburn vs. Pennsylvania Prison Systems

9. Auburn vs. Pennsylvania Prison Systems

The Pennsylvania and Auburn prison systems both played pivotal roles in the reformation of prison life. In this lesson, we define both systems and explain their respective roles in these reforms.

The Pennsylvania Prison System: History & Reform

10. The Pennsylvania Prison System: History & Reform

From colonial times to the present, the purpose, methods and execution of criminal punishment has dramatically changed. In this lesson, we will look at the early Pennsylvania Prison System and learn its role in prison reform in the United States.

Zebulon Brockway: History, Facts & Quotes

11. Zebulon Brockway: History, Facts & Quotes

In this lesson, Zebulon Brockway will be introduced. Upon completion, the reader should have a firm grasp of the influence Mr. Brockway had on the American prison system as well as the contributions he made.

What is a Panopticon? - Definition & Concept

12. What is a Panopticon? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you will learn the concept of the panopticon, who conceived it, and its purpose. You will also learn how the concept has been used as a metaphor for society.

What is a Supermax Prison? - Definition, Pros & Cons

13. What is a Supermax Prison? - Definition, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, you will learn about a supermax prison and how it differs from other facilities. The pros and cons of supermax prisons will also be discussed.

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