"The nearly 200 signed entries in this unique, comprehensive resource on alternatives to incarceration will be helpful to practitioners, students, researchers, and general readers...Highly recommended for most public and academic libraries, this is essential for special and academic libraries with criminal-justice programs."
The stated purpose of this book is to educate students and teachers about the benefits of community corrections—meaning alternatives to incarceration—for offenders. Barton-Bellessa (criminology and criminal justice, Indiana State Univ.; Community-Based Corrections) and an impressive array of academics explain, in alphabetically arranged entrries ("Case Management," "Victim Impact Statements," "Juvenile Aftercare") how these programs can be more effective than traditional methods of punishment and allow the offender to remain a viable part of the community. This assertion is particularly persuasive in the discussions regarding problems related to incarceration, including contentious relationships with family members, reentry into the community, and loss of parental rights. VERDICT For those with little or no knowledge of this type of service, this title outlines some intriguing viewpoints.—Christine Sharbrough, Derry P.L., NH