Two of the nation's foremost criminal justice scholars present a comprehensive assessment of the factors behind the growth and subsequent overcrowding of American prisons. By critiquing the existing scholarship on prison scale from sociology and history to correctional forecasting and ecomics, they both reveal that explicit policy changes have had little influence on the increases in imprisonment in recent years and analyze whether it is possible to place limits effectively on prison population. The Scale of Imprisonment has an exceptionally well designed literature review of interest to public policy, criminal justice, and public law scholars. Its careful review, analysis, and critique of research is stimulating and inventive. - American Political Science Review The authors fram our thoughts about the soaring use of imprisonment and stimulate our thinking about the best way we as crimilogists can conduct rational analysis and provide meaningful advice. -Susan Guari-Ghezzi, Journal of Quantitative Crimilogy Zimring and Hawkins bring a long tradition of excellent crimilogical scholarship to the seemingly intractable problems of prisons, prison overcrowding, and the need for alternative forms of punishment. -J. C. Watkins, Jr., Choice
Franklin E. Zimring is professor of law and director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, where Gordon Hawkins is a senior fellow. Their many books include Capital Punishment and the American Agenda.