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Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America

Robert A. Ferguson


In the past few years, the need for prison reform in America has reached the level of a consensus. We agree that many prison terms are too long, especially for nonviolent drug offenders; that long-term isolation is a bad idea; and that basic psychiatric and medical care in prisons is woefully inadequate. Some people believe that contracting out prison services to for-profit companies is a recipe for mistreatment. This book argues that these reforms barely scratch the surface of what is wrong with American prisons: an atmosphere of malice and humiliation that subjects prisoners and guards alike ... More

Keywords: prison reform, prison services, American prisons, prisoners, prison guards, degradation, long-term isolation, psychiatric care, medical care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300230833
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300230833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Ferguson, author
Columbia Law School