Earley, P. (1992). The hot house: Life inside Leavenworth Prison. New York: Bantam Books. Investigative reporter Pete Earley was granted access to the maximum-security U.S. penitentiary at Leavenworth; this book recounts his observations and interviews with inmates and staff.
Gonnerman, J. (2004). Life on the outside: The prison odyssey of Elaine Bartlett. New York: Picador. This book tells the compelling story of Elaine Bartlett, who served time for drug charges in a New York women's prison and, upon her release, faced many challenges in reintegrating into society and onto parole.
Hallinan, J. T. (2001). Going up the river: Travels in a prison nation. New York: Random House. This book recounts the author's travels across the country to explore correctional institutions and analyze their impact on American society.
MacKenzie, D. L. (2006). What works in corrections: Reducing the criminal activities of offenders and delinquents. New York: Cambridge University Press. This book summarizes what is known, based on research findings, about the effectiveness of various correctional and rehabilitative programs in correctional institutions and in the community.
Morris, N., and Rothman, D. J. (1995). The Oxford history of the prison: The practice of punishment in Western society. New York: Oxford University Press. An excellent history of the changing nature of corrections, from ancient times to the present, in England, Europe, Australia, and the United States.
Sykes, G. M. (1958). The society of captives: A study of a maximum security prison. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. The classic study of prison life by Gresham Sykes, which contributed theoretical perspectives that continue to frame correctional research to this day.