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Clear's new edition takes a fundamentally sound treatment of corrections, and places it in a contemporary environment of technological advancement and fiscal austerity. The text does an admirable job of balancing the often-conflicting issues of public safety and human punishment. Features of the text permit the students to explore careers in corrections, and read about people working in corrections. An important feature of the text is that it permits students to be placed in ethical dilemmas in deciding what is the "right thing to do."
"This textbook presents the major concepts, themes, and controversies facing the U.S. correctional system in a way that many undergraduates will find appealing. The breadth of coverage for the number of pages in the chapters is praiseworthy. This book provides students with a basic grounding in corrections while also offering thought-provoking glimpses into the real-world application of justice in a correctional context."
"The book offers a practical, comprehensive and broad-based examination of corrections. The writing style is clear and concise. The text is poised to be one of the best on the market."
"Overall, the book is extremely well-written and informative. This approach is appealing to me. I like how the chapters are structured, with comprehensive, up-to-date information provided. The material included in each chapter is generally the information I would have chosen to include on the topic. New areas, such as the use of evidence-based probation supervision, are included, which is a departure from a lot of the standard texts which do not depart from material previously covered. Information is provided on many individual states, which is extremely important to compare and contrast, in my opinion. As a Californian, I was happy to see the most recent corrections crises presented correctly."
"The approach's strength lies in the organization of each chapter and the connections the author makes between the historical uses of correctional techniques and their contemporary application. Clear believes that we have outlived the days when we were not actually sure if mass-incarceration was effective as crime control. Now we know it is not. Yet, along with our 40-year incarceration binge, there has also been a decreasing crime rate, giving the proponents of our current policy fuel to continue it. Clear is aware of the balancing act researchers must execute as they present and interpret the findings of contemporary studies. He presents the relevant arguments in a fair and balanced manner."