Drawing on thirty years of prison college courses and volunteer classes in eleven Michigan and California prisons, Prisoners on Crimilogy: Convict Life Stories and Crime Prevention makes crimilogy theories come alive through the use of the prisoners' voices. The book features policy background and textbook-like chapters that review major crimilogical theories and present prisoner essays that apply crimilogy insights to the prisoners' lives. Each chapter has helpful exercises and discussion and review questions for classroom use. Introductory informational chapters present an historical review of how the United States came to have the world's largest prison system. A chapter on prisoners' educational background presents information from prisoner surveys and the author's extensive background in postsecondary correctional education. Over eighty prisoner essays show how prisoners connect crimilogy theories to their lives growing up, with insights on individual, family, and community levels of crime causation. A chapter on social structure, social process and alternative crimilogies is followed by additional information on in-prison crimilogical issues with several prisoner essays. The conclusion emphasizes the main argument of the book-that the jobless ghetto is a major reason for much of the criminality w in the large correctional apparatus of the United States. Prisoners on Crimilogy will be of great value to scholars and students interested in crimilogy, social deviance, sociology, urban studies, political science, anthropology, counseling, and social work.
William S. Tregea is professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at Adrian College.