Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences

Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences

by Francis T. Cullen, Cheryl Lero Jonson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412981794

ISBN-13: 9781412981798

Pub. Date: 04/06/2011

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This accessible book identifies and evaluates the major competing theories used to guide the goals, policies, and practices of the correctional system. The authors demonstrate that changes in theories can legitimize changing ways of treating and punishing offenders, and they help readers understand how changes in the social and political context of U.S. society

Overview

This accessible book identifies and evaluates the major competing theories used to guide the goals, policies, and practices of the correctional system. The authors demonstrate that changes in theories can legitimize changing ways of treating and punishing offenders, and they help readers understand how changes in the social and political context of U.S. society impact correctional theory and policy. Designed to motivate readers to become sophisticated consumers of correctional information, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based information to guide decisions, rather than relying on nonscientific commonsense or ideology-based beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412981798
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. From Theory to Policy: Evidence-Based Corrections
2. Correctional Theory in Crisis: America's Changing Context
3. Just Deserts: Doing Justice or Getting Tough?
4. Deterrence: Scaring Offenders Straight
5. Incapacitation: Locking Up the Wicked
6. Restorative Justice: Reintegrative Shaming
7. Rehabilitation: What Works to Change Offenders
8. Early Intervention: Saving Children From a Life in Crime
9. Four Correctional Lessons: Choosing Our Future References Index About the Authors

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