American Corrections

  • AUTHORS: Todd R. Clear; Michael D. Reisig; George F. Cole
  • ISBN-13: 9781305093300 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 624 Pages  Paperback 
  • 11th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2013
  • ©2016     Published
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Overview

About The Product

Long at the forefront of the course and now in its Eleventh Edition, AMERICAN CORRECTIONS has been a trusted resource for introducing students to the dynamics of corrections in a way that captures their interest and encourages them to enter the field. Complete with valuable career-based material, insightful guest speakers, illuminating real-world cases, and uniquely even-handed treatment of institutional and community sanctions, the text examines the U.S. correctional system from the perspectives of both the corrections worker and the offender, providing students with the most well-rounded, balanced introduction to corrections available.

Features

  • Providing for maximum reinforcement and student success, chapters begin with numbered learning objectives that are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections--as well as linked to corresponding quiz and test items.
  • Focus On boxes bring to life the real-world relevance of the issues discussed in the text. These boxes--which cover People in Corrections, Correctional Policy, and Correctional Practice--use vivid, in-depth accounts by correctional workers, journalists, prisoners, parolees, and the relatives of those who are in the system to illuminate chapter topics.
  • For Critical Thinking sections ask students to reflect on real-world situations related to chapter discussions. Topics include whether probation is an effective general deterrent to someone convicted of tax evasion (Ch. 4); whether the head of a jail (Joe Arpaio) should be an elected official (Ch. 7); and whether children should be with their mothers during the first 18 months of their lives, even if the mother is incarcerated (Ch. 12).
  • Myths in Corrections sections address common myths and misconceptions about corrections and criminal justice, providing an interesting and effective way to engage students, stimulate class discussion, and encourage critical thinking.
  • Careers in Corrections boxes, found in appropriate chapters throughout the book, focus on a particular correctional occupation. The material includes the nature of the work, required qualifications, earnings and job outlook, plus a source for more information. This feature gives students valuable insight into who plays what role in the corrections field.

About the Contributor

AUTHORS
  • Todd R. Clear

    Todd R. Clear is the Provost at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is currently involved in studies of religion and crime, the criminological implications of "place," and the concept of "community justice." He serves as founding editor of the journal Criminology and Public Policy. Previous writing covers the topics of correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. Clear has been elected to national office in the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has served as a programming and policy consultant to public agencies in over 40 states and five nations, and his work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. Clear is the author of three books on community justice: COMMUNITY JUSTICE (Cengage Learning), WHAT IS COMMUNITY JUSTICE? (Sage), and THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE IDEAL (Westview). He is also author of IMPRISONING COMMUNITIES: HOW MASS INCARCERATION MAKES DISADVANTAGED PLACES WORSE (Oxford University Press).

  • Michael D. Reisig

    Michael Reisig is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1996. Previously he was faculty member at Michigan State University and Florida State University. His corrections research has appeared in several leading criminology journals, including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Punishment and Society.

  • George F. Cole

    The late George F. Cole was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. He was recognized for outstanding teaching and research and in 1995 was named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. A specialist in the administration of criminal justice, he 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 was granted two awards under the Fulbright-Hays Program to conduct criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia. He was co-author of several other Cengage Learning/Wadsworth criminal justice titles, including THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with Christopher E. Smith and Christina DeJong); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS, 11th Edition (with Todd Clear and Michael Reisig); AMERICAN CORRECTIONS IN BRIEF, 3rd Edition (with Todd Clear, Michael Reisig, and Carolyn Petrosino); and THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: POLITICS AND POLICIES, 10th Edition (with Marc Gertz).

Table of Contents

Part I: THE CORRECTIONAL CONTEXT.
1. The Corrections System.
2. The Early History of Correctional Thought and Practice.
3. The History of Corrections in America.
4. The Punishment of Offenders.
5. The Law of Corrections.
6. The Correctional Client.
Part II: CORRECTIONAL PRACTICES.
7. Jails: Detention and Short-Term Incarceration.
8. Probation.
9. Intermediate Sanctions and Community Corrections.
10. Incarceration.
11. The Prison Experience.
12. Incarceration of Women.
13. Institutional Management.
14. Institutional Programs.
15. Release from Incarceration.
16. Making It: Supervision in the Community.
17. Corrections for Juveniles.
Part III: CORRECTIONAL ISSUES AND PERSPECTIVES.
18. Incarceration Trends.
19. Race, Ethnicity, and Corrections.
20. The Death Penalty.
21. Community Justice.
22. American Corrections.
Looking Forward.

New to this Edition

  • Thinking Outside the Box features draw attention to today's most innovative practices or programs in corrections. Designed to get students thinking beyond the historical and traditional aspects to new possibilities, these features address cutting-edge topics like jail "frequent flyer" programs (Chapter 7), evidence-based sentencing (Chapter 8), a voucher system for parole services (Chapter 16), and social impact bonds (Chapter 21).
  • Each part of the book opens with a new Guest Perspective, covering a current and high-interest corrections topic that relates to the chapters in that part. Part 1 begins with Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project assessing criminal justice reform; Jethro Antoine, project director at Newark Community Solutions, introduces alternative justice solutions at the start of Part 2; and Part 3 opens with a description of Project ReMADE by Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center.
  • Each chapter has been thoroughly updated in response to reviewer feedback, with strong focus on the trending hot topics of special populations, changing perspectives in corrections, evidence-based practices, evolving sentencing models, inmate medical treatment and vocational training, privatization, and expanded employment opportunities in the system.
  • Each chapter opens with a high-interest vignette based on today's headlines to draw students into the chapter material. New topics include the January 2014 sentencing of billionaire entrepreneur Ty Warner (Chapter 4), recent Supreme Court orders to reduce California's prison populations (Chapter 5), and sentencing juveniles to life without parole (Chapter 17).

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