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A condensed, accessible version of the bestselling corrections book on the market, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 1st Edition introduces students to the dynamics of corrections in a way that captures their interest and encourages them to enter the field. The brief paperback nature of this book makes it more approachable, and the well-respected author team has added several key pedagogical elements to help ensure students success. Complete with valuable career-based material, insightful guest speakers, illuminating real-world cases, and uniquely even-handed treatment of institutional and community sanctions, the text examines the U.S. correctional system from the perspectives of both the corrections worker and the offender, providing students with a well-rounded, balanced introduction to corrections.
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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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495808657
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd R. Clear is Distinguished Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. In addition, he has written several books and is founding editor of the journal CRIMINOLOGY AND PUBLIC POLICY (ASC). He has conducted extensive research on a range of topics in corrections, including sentencing policy, probation and parole supervision, institutional programs, corrections administration, and community justice. He has received awards from the American Probation and Parole Association, the International Association of Community Corrections, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for his work. During 2001, he was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and vice president of the American Society of Criminology. Among his books are CONTROLLING THE OFFENDER IN THE COMMUNITY (with V. O'Leary); HARM IN AMERICAN PENOLOGY, THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (with David Karp); and AMERICAN CORRECTIONS (with G. Cole).

George F. Cole is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Recognized for his outstanding teaching and research, Professor Cole is a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He also held a fellowship at the National Institute of Justice and received two Fulbright-Hays Program research awards. Professor Cole developed and directed the graduate corrections program at the University of Connecticut and has published several criminal justice titles, including CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA (with Christopher E. Smith), AMERICAN CORRECTIONS (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig), and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES (with Marc Gertz and Amy Bunger).

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

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE CORRECTIONAL CONTEXT. 1. What is Corrections? 2. The Punishment of Offenders. PART II: CORRECTIONS IN THE COMMUNITY. 3. Jails. 4. Community Corrections. 5. Probation Services. PART III: INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS. 6. Prisons: Institutional Corrections. 7. The Prison Experience. 8. Prison Management. 9. Prison Staffing. PART IV: CORRECTIONAL ISSUES. 10. Reentry into the Community. 11. Legal Issues and the Death Penalty. 12. Special Populations. 13. The Future of Corrections.
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