Just as corrections is the largest and fastest growing component of the American criminal justice system, corrections courses are among the largest enrollment, most popular, and most important parts of undergraduate criminology and criminal justice curricula. American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice is a comprehensive resource containing both classic and cutting-edge contemporary data on correctional topics drawing from the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, government, and public policy. It broadly covers the relevant parameters of corrections to provide students with a thorough understanding of the material to facilitate their education and interest in applied or academic careers in corrections. The hallmark of American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice is its thesis -- that the American criminal justice system, particularly the corrections domain, is in theory and practice a system for the management of risk. By demonstrating that correctional systems balance public safety with providing treatment and supervision to offenders, American Corrections: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice tells the story of corrections within a coherent, criminological framework.