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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nathan Kantrowitz  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1927 in New York, New York

-- Nathan Kantrowitz on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author received a Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and was resident sociologist at Stateville penitentiary in the 1960's.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author was born in New York City in 1927 and served with the U.S Army Occupation Forces in Japan after WWII. He was attached to the army photography unit and has a collection of 140 black and white photographs and negatives at the Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, Princeton New Jersey.Kantrowitz is a member of Illinois Academy of Criminology.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Close Control: Managing a Maximum Security Prison-The Story of Ragen's Stateville Penitentiary
ISBN: 0911577319

Harrow & Heston. 1996

This has to be the most interesting and provocative book on prisons for many a decade. Not only is it a fascinating account of why firm prison control is needed, and how it works, but it is a history, of sorts, of how Warden Ragen controlled the Stateville-Joliet prison back in the 1960's. In fact, the original manuscript of this book was written by Kantrowitz when he was the resident sociologist in that prison. But he could never get it published because it was, for that time (the era of "treatment and corrections") politically incorrect to advocate firm discipline and control in a prison. Some of the leading university presses, advised by liberal academics, rejected the manuscript. Kantrowitz has now revised the book to bring it into line with the latest writings on "corrections" - though the history and analysis itself is largely as it was written 30 years ago

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