Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World

Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World


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Offering rare insiders' perspectives, Trends in Corrections: Interviews with Corrections Leaders Around the World is a comprehensive survey of correctional programming and management styles used across nations. Twelve chapters present transcribed interviews of corrections leaders along with a brief portrait of the corrections system in those jurisdictions. The leaders interviewed represent a variety of cultures, political environments, and economic systems and come from North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States), Asia (Singapore), Australia, the Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago), and Europe
(England, Hungary, and Bosnia-Herzegovina).

Topics discussed in this insightful collection of interviews include:

  • Working conditions for correction officers
  • How governmental changes can impact a prison system
  • Overcrowding problems and efforts to modernize prisons
  • Recidivism concerns and programs that facilitate offender reintegration into society upon release
  • Effects of the media's portrayal of prisons on communities

The final chapter reflects on the interviews and summarizes the common themes evident throughout the book. Advancing knowledge about corrections systems worldwide, this volume bridges the gap of knowledge that exists between scholars and researchers in academia and practitioners in the field. The candid discussions presented herein are destined to open further dialogue among these professionals, adding value to current operations and informing future directions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439835784
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Series: Interviews with Global Leaders in Policing, Courts, and Prisons Series , #3
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennie K. Singer, PhD, is a faculty member in the Division of Criminal Justice at California State University in Sacramento. She teaches courses in corrections, criminal theory, and research methods. She has worked in several clinical settings with children, adolescents, and adults in both outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition, she has held several psychologist positions with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Dr. Singer worked as a key researcher with the California Sex Offender Management Board and published several government reports on sex offender management, as well as articles on corrections, intelligence assessment, and sex offender policy. She is currently a researcher and an advisor to a new cognitive behavioral life skills diversion program, Ascend—implemented in California as part of AB 109, a plan to divert some state prisoners to local jails.

Dilip K. Das, PhD, has years of experience in police practice, research, writing, and education. Dr. Das is a professor of criminal justice, a former police chief, and a human rights consultant to the United Nations. He is the founding president of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), where he manages the affairs of the organization in cooperation with an appointed group of police practitioners, academia members, and individuals from around the world. Dr. Das is also the founding editor of Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than 30 books and numerous articles and has received several faculty excellence awards.

Eileen M. Ahlin, PhD, is a Senior Study Director with Westat. With more than 15 years of research experience, she has directed multisite and statewide evaluations, including randomized intervention trials. Dr. Ahlin’s research has focused on evaluations of community corrections, including kiosk supervision of probationers, adult treatment drug courts, family treatment courts, the effectiveness of countermeasures to driving while intoxicated, and criminological theory. Her recent publications have appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Traffic Injury Prevention, and Accident Analysis and Prevention. She has conducted interviews with incarcerated homicide and drug offenders for the Pittsburgh Youth Study and served as a mentor to inmates preparing for release. Dr. Ahlin also teaches courses in criminological theory and corrections.

Table of Contents

Interview with Hazael Ruiz, Ex-Director of the Penal Systems in Mexico City; Elena Azaola
Interview with Assistant Commissioner Luke Grant of Offender Services and Programs in New South Wales; Lauren Benton, Elias Mpofu and Rodd Rothwell
Interview with Dusko Sain, Director of Corrections for the Republic of Srspka; Laurence Armand French and Goran Kovacevic
Interview with Dr. Antal Kökényesi, Lieutenant General, Commander of the Hungarian National Prison Service; József Boda and Zsolt Molnár
Interview with John Rougier, Commissioner of Prisons of Trinidad and Tobago; Dianne Williams
Interview with John Pastorek, Warden at North Fraser Pretrial Centre in British Columbia; Danielle Murdoch
Interview with Michael Boileau, Warden of Matsqui Institution, Correctional Service Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia; Richard Parent
Interview with Robert Jennings on Corrective Services, Western Australia; Ann-Claire Larsen
Interview with Timothy Leo, Chief Psychologist of the Singapore Prison Service; Andrew Day and Sharon Casey
Interview with Sue Hall, Chief Officer of West Yorkshire Probation; Clare Beckett
Interview with Robert Ambroselli, Director of Parole, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Mary Maguire
Interview with "CM"; Joanna Spink
Conclusion; Jennie K. Singer, Eileen M. Ahlin and Dilip K. Das
International Police Executive Symposium (IPES)
IPES Institutional Supporters

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