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Wardens’ Views on the Wisdom of Supermax Prisons

Title: Wardens’ Views on the Wisdom of Supermax Prisons.
Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Castro, Jennifer L., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2006-07-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Super-maximum security prisons have proliferated nationally, reflecting a belief among policy makers and corrections officials that such high-cost housing is effective. Yet little is known about the precise goals of “supermax” prisons, whether these goals are achieved, what unintended effects supermaxes may have, and, more generally, whether they represent a wise investment. State correctional data systems do not readily allow for assessment of these issues. The authors of this study therefore administered surveys to state prison wardens—a population uniquely situated to provide insight about supermaxes—to address existing gaps in knowledge and to inform research and policy debates. The authors discuss the study’s findings and implications.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548355738_3508bd7c (IID), 10.1177/0011128705279484 (DOI)
Keywords: supermax, prisons, prison systems, correctional policy, effectiveness
Publication Note: The version of record can be found at
Grant Number: 2002-IJ-CX-0019
Persistent Link to This Record:
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 52

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Mears, D. P., & Castro, J. L. (2006). Wardens’ Views on the Wisdom of Supermax Prisons. Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from