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Corrections in the 21st Century uses a practical approach to introduce students to the ideas and practices characteristic of modern corrections while equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in the field. Its approach to corrections includes a thorough description of correctional ideology, a comprehensive overview of correctional practice, and the development of personal skills applicable to the corrections field. The text's central theme throughout is professionalism in corrections. The fifth edition offers an enhanced the theme of evidence-based corrections as a way of measuring the effectiveness of corrections policies and practices. Utilizing the latest data, up-to-the-minute news, and cutting-edge technological developments, students learn to be an effective and ethical corrections professional in today's interdependent world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078026478
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 419,885
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Schmalleger, PhD,

is Distinguished Professor Emeritus

at the University of North

Carolina at Pembroke. He also

serves as director of the Justice

Research Association, a private

consulting firm and think tank,

based in Palm Beach, Florida, focusing on issues of crime

and justice.

Dr. Schmalleger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University

of Notre Dame and both a master’s and a doctorate

in sociology from Ohio State University with a special

emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught

criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina

at Pembroke, serving for many years as a tenured full

professor. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the

Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

As an adjunct professor with Webster University in

St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Schmalleger helped develop a graduate

program in security management and loss prevention

that is currently offered on U.S. military bases around the

world. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than

a decade, focusing primarily on computer and information

security. Dr. Schmalleger also has taught in the New School

for Social Research online graduate program, helping build

the world’s first electronic classrooms for criminal justice

distance learning.

Dr. Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and

many books, including Criminal Justice Today (Prentice

Hall, 2011), Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Prentice

Hall, 2010), Criminology Today (Prentice Hall, 2009), and

Criminal Law Today (Prentice Hall, 2011). He is founding

editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies (formerly The

Justice Professional ) and has served as imprint advisor for

Greenwood Publishing Group’s criminal justice reference


Dr. Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of awardwinning

Web sites (including and crimenews

.info) and founder and codirector of the Criminal Justice

Distance Learning Consortium, a project of the Justice

Research Association.

John Ortiz Smykla, PhD,

is professor and chair of the

Department of Criminal Justice

and Legal Studies at the University

of West Florida. Previously,

he was professor of criminal justice

at the University of Alabama,

where he served as department chair for 10 years, and at the

University of South Alabama, where he served as department

chair for 3 years.

Dr. Smykla teaches courses in corrections and research

methods. He teaches online, face-to-face, and using a blended

format at the University of West Florida. He has taught twoway

interactive corrections courses across several campuses

of the University of Alabama system and has supervised

more than 50 master’s and doctoral students. Dr. Smykla

earned the interdisciplinary social science PhD in criminal

justice, sociology, and anthropology from Michigan State

University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology

from California State University at Northridge.

Dr. Smykla has authored or edited four corrections

books. His coauthored data set Executions in the United

States, 1608–2003: The Espy File is one of the most frequently

requested criminal justice data files from the University

of Michigan’s Inter-University Consortium for Political

and Social Research.

Dr. Smykla has published more than 40 research articles

on corrections issues, including “The Human Impact

of Capital Punishment,” “Effects of a Prison Facility on

the Regional Economy,” “Jail Type and Inmate Behavior,”

“Juvenile Drug Courts,” and, most recently, “Correctional

Privatization and the Myth of Inherent Efficiency.”

Dr. Smykla has delivered more than 50 conference papers

in the United States and abroad. In 1986, he was a Senior

Fulbright Scholar in Argentina and Uruguay.

Dr. Smykla is a member of the Academy of Criminal

Justice Sciences and the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

In 1996, the Southern Criminal Justice Association

named him Educator of the Year. In 1997, he served as

program chair for the annual meeting of the Academy of

Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2000, he served as president

of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Dr. Smykla is

a member of the Mobile County Metro Jail Planning Committee

and a member of Friends of the Holman Prison Faith-

Based Restorative Justice Honor Dorm, Atmore, Alabama.

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Table of Contents

1. Corrections: The Profession
2. Sentencing: To Punish or To Reform?3. Punishments: A Brief History
4. Jails: Way Stations Along the Justice Highway
5. Diversion and Probation: Alternatives to Imprisonment
6. Intermediate Sanctions: Corrections in the Community
7. Prisons Today: Change Stations or Warehouses?8. The Staff World: Managing the Prison Population
9. The Inmate World: Living Behind Bars
10. Legal Aspects: Prisons and the Courts
11. The Prison Environment: Issues and Concerns
12. Parole: Early Release and Reintegration
13. Death: The Ultimate Sanction
14. Juvenile Corrections: End of an Era?15. The Victim: Role in the Correctional Process
16. Careers: Your Future in Corrections
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