Title

Book Review

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

In Counties in Court: Jail Overcrowding and Court-Ordered Reform, Wayne N. Welsh, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University, argues that jail crises are more complicated than a reluctance on the part of Americans to pay higher taxes to build more jails. As he suggests, the 20th century has demonstrated that “new prisons fill up almost as soon as they open, and there are always several offenders standing in line to take the place of each one who is temporarily removed from the streets.” This troubling lesson from history prompts Welsh to address what might be called the dilemma of punishment in an increasingly rights-based society.

Publication Citation

16 J. Pol'y Analysis & Mgmt. 178 (1997) (reviewing Wayne N. Welsh, Counties in Court: Jail Overcrowding and Court-Ordered Reform (1995)).