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Assessment of Supermax Prisons Using an Evaluation Research Framework

Title: An Assessment of Supermax Prisons Using an Evaluation Research Framework.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2008-03-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In recent years, states have invested heavily in supermaximum (supermax) security prisons, yet critical questions about them remain unaddressed. In this article, the author examines these prisons through an evaluation research framework, focusing on five questions: (a) Are supermaxes needed? (b) Do they rest on sound theory? (c) Are they typically implemented as intended? (d) Do they achieve their intended goals (i.e., impacts)? (e) Are they cost-efficient?This article argues that investigation of each question reveals substantial research gaps that raise significant questions about whether supermaxes are warranted, effective, or efficient. It then discusses a range of research and policy implications.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548444715_cc719f10 (IID), 10.1177/0032885507310964 (DOI)
Keywords: supermax; prison evaluation; impacts; effectiveness
Publication Note: The version of record can be found at https://www.doi.org/10.1177/0032885507310964.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548444715_cc719f10
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: The Prison Journal.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 88

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Mears, D. P. (2008). An Assessment of Supermax Prisons Using an Evaluation Research Framework. The Prison Journal. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548444715_cc719f10