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Author Yackle, Larry W.

Title Reform and regret : the story of federal judicial involvement in the Alabama prison system / Larry W. Yackle
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 322 pages)
Contents 1 Conditions Precedent; 2 Genesis; 3 Progeny; 4 Denouement; 5 Intransigence; 6 Recalcitrance; 7 Déjà Vu; 8 Ambivalence; 9 Paralysis; Epilogue; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Summary This is an engaging descriptive analysis of the campaign to achieve prison reform in Alabama through constitutional litigation in the federal courts. When the deplorable conditions in Alabama's shockingly overcrowded and understaffed prisons were revealed at a trial in 1975, Judge Frank Johnson declared that the prison system as a whole constituted a cruel punishment which was in violation of the eighth amendment. He issued an elaborate decree specifying improvements that were needed to satisfy constitutional standards. By 1988, federal judges had ordered wideranging reforms in the penal systems of thirty-seven states. This book outlines the background against which Judge Johnson acted, the process that produced the decree, and subsequent efforts to enforce his order in the face of bureaucratic inertia, administrative incompetence, and political demagogy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-313) and index
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Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- Alabama.
Prison administration -- Alabama.
Prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Alabama.
Prisons -- Law and legislation -- Alabama.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 88018793
ISBN 0195363418 (electronic bk.)
9780195363418 (electronic bk.)