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Overview

Providing an excellent foundation for the beginning corrections student in any department, this book provides a comprehensive look at all areas of the corrections system: institutional and alternative sanctions, prison life, correctional management and law, and corrections trends. Balanced in its treatment of institutional as well as alternative sanctions, this book offers a fresh and revealing look at the system from the perspective of both the corrections worker and the offender.
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Focusing on the context, practices, and issues related to corrections, this textbook is suited for an undergraduate college course on the subject. Chapters cover the history of corrections, the law, the varieties of institutions, the experiences of female prisoners and juveniles, management aspects, institutional programs, release, community supervision, incarceration trends, race and ethnicity, the death penalty, surveillance and control in the community, and community justice. An accompanying CD-ROM contains interviews with prisoners and corrections officials. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"I would recommend adopting this book to 22 of our campuses without hesitation."

"I would describe this book as spot-on. The authors understand the necessity of building a . . . foundation for the students' understanding of why we are where we are."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534595234
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 6TH BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 568

Meet the Author

Todd R. Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is currently involved in studies of religion and crime, the criminological implications of "place," and the concept of "community justice." He serves as founding editor of the journal Criminology and Public Policy. Previous writing covers the topics of correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. Clear has been elected to national office in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has served as a programming and policy consultant to public agencies in over 40 states and five nations, and his work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. Clear is the author of three books on community justice: COMMUNITY JUSTICE (Cengage Learning), WHAT IS COMMUNITY JUSTICE? (Sage), and THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (Westview). He is also author of IMPRISONING COMMUNITIES: HOW MASS INCARCERATION MAKES DISADVANTAGED PLACES WORSE (Oxford University Press).

Michael Reisig is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1996. Previously he was faculty member at Michigan State University and Florida State University. His corrections research has appeared in several leading criminology journals, including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Punishment and Society.

George F. Cole is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He has been recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he has published extensively on such topics as prosecution, courts, and corrections. He developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and was a Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (1988). Among his other accomplishments, he has been granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He is co-author of several other Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (with Christopher Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES (with Marc Gertz).

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Table of Contents

Preface XV
Part 1 The Correctional Context
Chapter 1 The Corrections System 2
Chapter 2 The Early History of Correctional Thought and Practice 24
Chapter 3 The History of Corrections in America 38
Chapter 4 The Punishment of Offenders 62
Chapter 5 The Law of Corrections 92
Chapter 6 The Correctional Client 120
Part 2 Correctional Practices
Chapter 7 Jails: Detention and Short-Term Incarceration 152
Chapter 8 Probation 182
Chapter 9 Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections 212
Chapter 10 Incarceration 238
Chapter 11 The Prison Experience 266
Chapter 12 Incarceration of Women 290
Chapter 13 Institutional Management 314
Chapter 14 Institutional Programs 344
Chapter 15 Release from Incarceration 374
Chapter 16 Making It: Supervision in the Community 396
Chapter 17 Corrections for Juvenile Offenders 424
Part 3 Correctional Issues and Perspectives
Chapter 18 Incarceration Trends 452
Chapter 19 Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections 472
Chapter 20 The Death Penalty 488
Chapter 21 Surveillance and Control in the Community 510
Chapter 22 Community Justice 522
Epilogue: American Corrections Today and Tomorrow 537
Glossary 544
Index 549
Photo Credits 567
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