Reincarceration in Japan: A Major Effect -- Now Surfacing -- of the U.S. Faith for Imprisonment

Elmer H. Johnson, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Returnees among earlier prison inmates are assuming a major and increasing share of admissions to American prisons at a time when the pace of an increasing imprisonment rate is slowing. New interest in restorative justice as an alternative policy suggests a revival of community-based corrections that was popular in the 1970s. Reincarceration assumes greater possibilities for well-directed research supplementing what has been done. This paper focuses on Japanese data especially relevant to that possible partnership of academic and applied wings of one criminological enterprise.

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