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Prof. Ross's Book on Supermax Prisons Wins Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title Award

Anthology Shows Rise of Supermax Prison Concept in Several Countries

January 27, 2014
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University of Baltimore Professor Jeffrey Ian Ross's book, The Globalization of Supermax Prisons, has been awarded a 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title award. It will appear on a list of all winning publications in the upcoming issue of Choice Magazine.

Ross, who teaches in UB's School of Criminal Justice, served as editor of the anthology, which examines the rise of the "supermax" prison, developed in the United States in the early 1980s and now in widespread use across the country, and in U.S.-operated prison facilities in places like Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as well as in other countries like Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil and others. The book considers the impact of the model's expansion and development, and looks at evidence as to whether the original supermax model is what is being followed in these countries.

The book was widely praised last year, with academic experts calling it "consistently well written and informative," and providing "a wealth of information in an extremely useful and important portrait of global supermax prison proliferation."

The annual Choice Outstanding Academic Title awards process considers some 7,000 books that were reviewed in the publication during the previous year.

"This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community," the magazine noted on its website.

Criteria include:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections.

Learn more about The Globalization of Supermax Prisons.

Learn more about Prof. Ross.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.