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date: 22 October 2020

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This article views America's jails using a practitioner's perspective. It first describes how local jails were developed, how they are managed in an overcrowded environment, and how they are trying to provide inmates with programs and the community with public safety. It then discusses how jails have been affected and coped with the pressure-cooker effect experienced in overcrowded prisons. This article also includes sections on the development of the mega jail, the ever-evolving nature of the inmate population—and its implication for jail security—and the increasing importance of privatization.

Keywords: jails, practitioner's perspective, overcrowded jails, public safety, pressure-cooker effect, mega jail, inmate population, jail security, privatization

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