Source: (2002) Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice / Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pÃ©nale. 44(4): 491-501.
A member of the faculty of law at Queensâ€™ University in Kingston, Ontario, Allan Manson reviews professor Michael Jacksonâ€™s book Justice Behind the Walls: Human Rights in Canadian Prisons (2002). Manson begins by pointing out how much that is written about prisons is largely sensationalistic in tone and content. Jacksonâ€™s book is another matter. In Mansonâ€™s opinion it is an extraordinary book. Writing on the basis of extensive access to the correctional institutions and their personnel, Jackson provides a detailed account of Canadian penitentiaries that, according to Manson, puts a human face on the systemâ€™s failure to operate in conformity with its own legal framework. In his review, Manson highlights the chief features and arguments of Jacksonâ€™s book, and he explains why he considers it such an important book.
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