David A. Ward is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Minnesota. He co-authored with Gene G. Kassebaum two books about California prisons: Women’s Prison: Sex and Social Structure, and Prison Treatment and Parole Survival, an evaluation of psychologically based treatment programs. He co-edited with Kenneth F. Schoen, Confinement in Maximum Custody: New Last Resort Prisons in the U.S. and Europe.
He was a Fellow in Law and Sociology at Harvard Law School and as a Fulbright Scholar studied prisons and penal policy in
Sweden and Denmark. He served as consultant to the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties and the Administration of Justice
of the Committee on the Judiciary, US House of Representatives for an investigation of the permanent lockdown regime at
the Federal Penitentiary, Marion, Illinois, Alcatraz’ successor. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.


Gene G. Kassebaum is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Hawaii. In addition to co-authoring the books cited above he co-edited Narcotics with Daniel M. Wilner and wrote Delinquency and Social Policy. In Hawaii he served as a member of the Governor’s Commission for the Revision of the Hawaii Penal Code and conducted contract research for state justice, parole, probation and corrections agencies.
Earlier in his career he was on the faculty at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and was awarded two Fulbright scholarships to India.
He now divides his time between Bangalore, Honolulu and San Francisco.