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Take a look at the American corrections system from the perspective of the corrections worker and the offender in AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, Eighth Edition. Comprehensive yet not overwhelming, the textbook covers both institutional and community sanctions in a balanced way. High-profile corrections cases taken from recent headlines dramatize real-life situations. You'll explore topics such as assisting felons during the re-entry process, reducing recidivism, the death penalty, surveillance, and careers in corrections.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534521479
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Criminal Justice Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 536

Meet the Author

Todd R. Clear is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. 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. 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. In 1995 he was named Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for distinguished teaching and research. He is co-author of several other Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Eleventh Edition (with ChristopherSmith); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, Seventh Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, Ninth Edition (with Marc Gertz and Amy Bunger).

Michael D. Reisig is a professor at The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University. Reisig's work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Crime & Delinquency, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, and Justice Quarterly.

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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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